By Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Robinson
First released in 1885, Stevenson's verses so really mirror the sentiments of younger children--about being small, the bliss of going up in a swing so excessive, gaining knowledge of one's shadow, happiness and sorrow and dreaming--that they've got by no means ceased to be an important a part of a child's library. Robinson's appealing images initially seemed in 1896 within the first illustrated version.
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No disrespect intended, good sir. Now here’s that drink… Well, we’re in another dark room. How’s that for progress? Looks like a pantry. The coast is clear… …let’s go. There’s the door…let’s make a run for it. Wait! Oh, great. Look! It’s Patchy McOne-Eye! Any other bright ideas? Now, Captain, you never did answer my question. Three steps forward… Okay, five steps forward… You said the Queen decides whether or not to offer a reward, but you never said whether or not she had decided. Two steps right… What question was that?
May I speak with her? So I’d guess that if ya ride out immediately the twelve of ya could make that day up in a hurry! I’m tellin’ ya just the way she told me, Captain. I’d rather she not be questioned like some common criminal. I think we’ll bed down for the night nonetheless, on account of the storm. If it’s really the three we’re after, surely they’ve been forced to do likewise. I’d love to have you, Captain, but we’re filled up. This weather—! Here are five gold sovereigns. The common room will be fine.