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Poetry Friday: The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson

December 21st, 2018 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Trip a Little Light Fantastic performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and company in Mary Poppins Returns

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do,
O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

- The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Posted by: Buffy Silverman (Buffy Silverman)
Posted at: December 21st, 2018 06:19 pm (UTC)

Wonderful poem for the solstice!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2018 06:21 pm (UTC)

Happy Winter Solstice!

Posted by: Laura Shovan (Laura Shovan)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2018 02:26 am (UTC)
Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child's Garden of Verses was the book that introduced me to poetry. I still love it. It's wonderful to picture that child watching the lamplighter and feeling that there's something magical about his work.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2018 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Robert Louis Stevenson

I'm glad that it brought you to poetry, and that it enchants you still!

Posted by: Michelle Kogan (Michelle Kogan)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2018 06:01 am (UTC)

Thanks for sharing this sensitive light-filled poem of Stevenson's for the solstice–small actions can have big affects.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2018 02:13 pm (UTC)
books

Indeed they can. Happy holidays!

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2018 02:54 pm (UTC)

What a lovely snapshot of days gone by!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2018 03:37 pm (UTC)

I can totally see that little nod.

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