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Short poem

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


              1Under the wide and starry sky,
              2Dig the grave and let me lie.
              3Glad did I live and gladly die,
              4    And I laid me down with a will.

              5This be the verse you grave for me:
              6Here he lies where he longed to be;
              7Home is the sailor, home from sea,
              8    And the hunter home from the hill.


7] This line and the next appear on Stevenson's tomb.

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, "Underwood: XXI," Ballads and Other Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson: A Child's Garden of Verses; Underwoods; Ballads (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900): 129. end/S749/A155/190- Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1887
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/6*1:2003/7/11

Composition date: August 1879 - May 1884
Composition date note: The final version is dated at Hyères in May 1884. For two earlier versions of the poem, see Robert Louis Stevenson: Collected Poems, ed. Janet Adam Smith (London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1971): 478-79.
Rhyme: aaab cccb

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