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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

The Land of Nod

              1From breakfast on through all the day
              2At home among my friends I stay,
              3But every night I go abroad
              4Afar into the land of Nod.

              5All by myself I have to go,
              6With none to tell me what to do --
              7All alone beside the streams
              8And up the mountain-sides of dreams.

              9The strangest things are there for me,
            10Both things to eat and things to see,
            11And many frightening sights abroad
            12Till morning in the land of Nod.

            13Try as I like to find the way,
            14I never can get back by day,
            15Nor can remember plain and clear
            16The curious music that I hear.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Robert Louis Stevenson, "A Child's Garden of Verses XVII," Ballads and Other Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson: A Child's Garden of Verses; Underwoods; Ballads (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900): 18. end/S749/A155/190- Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1885
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/6

Composition date: 1885
Rhyme: aabb

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