Poetry: Happy Chimney Corner Days – Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve stumbled upon another lovely poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. I posted the first one – The Land of Story-books – almost two years ago! Now it’s time for another dive into his poetic mind. This poem was published in 1905 in his poetry anthology A Child’s Garden of Verses. Enjoy!

Happy Chimney Corner Days
(Robert Louis Stevenson, 1905)

Summer fading, winter comes –
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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