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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Grown about by Fragrant Bushes


              1Grown about by fragrant bushes,
              2Sunken in a winding valley,
              3    Where the clear winds blow
              4    And the shadows come and go,
              5    And the cattle stand and low
              6And the sheep bells and the linnets
              7    Sing and tinkle musically.
              8Between the past and the future,
              9    Those two black infinities
            10    Between which our brief life
            11    Flashes a moment and goes out.


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Original text: Poems, Hitherto Unpublished. Intro. by George S. Hellman and William P. Trent. Boston: Bibliophile Society, 1921. end .S749 A155 1921 Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1921
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/11

Composition date: 1876
Rhyme: abcccdefghi


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