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


My Kingdom

Down by a shining water wellI found a very little dell,

No higher than my head.

The heather and the gorse about

In summer bloom were coming out,

Some yellow and some red.


I called the little pool a sea;

The little hills were big to me;

For I am very small.

I made a boat, I made a town,

I searched the caverns up and down,

And named them one and all.


And all about was mine, I said,

The little sparrows overhead,

The little minnows too.

This was the world and I was king;

For me the bees came by to sing,

For me the swallows flew.


I played there were no deeper seas,

Nor any wider plains than these,

Nor other kings than me.

At last I heard my mother call

Out from the house at evenfall,

To call me home to tea.


And I must rise and leave my dell,

And leave my dimpled water well,

And leave my heather blooms.

Alas! and as my home I neared,

How very big my nurse appeared.

How great and cool the rooms!

My Kingdom - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1054
  • Image Number: 1054
    Title: My Kingdom
    Medium: Child’s Book Illustration

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

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