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This illustration by Millicent Sowerby accompanies the poem  'Good and Bad Children' in the book A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. The edition was published in 1908 by Chatto & Windus. 


Good and Bad Children


Children, you are very little,

And your bones are very brittle;

If you would grow great and stately,

You must try to walk sedately.


You must still be bright and quiet,

And content with simple diet;

And remain, through all bewild'ring,

Innocent and honest children.


Happy hearts and happy faces,

Happy play in grassy places—

That was how, in ancient ages,

Children grew to kings and sages.


But the unkind and the unruly,

And the sort who eat unduly,

They must never hope for glory—

Theirs is quite a different story!


Cruel children, crying babies,

All grew up as geese and gabies,

Hated, as their age increases,

By their nephews and their nieces.

Good and Bad Children - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1052
  • Image Number: 1052
    Title: Good and Bad Children
    Medium: Child’s Book Illustration

    Framed size (h x w): 287x 227mm

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