Read by Natasha
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894 )
This sparkly little poem lets your dreams soar through the stars. It was written by Robert Louis Stevenson who is most famous for his adventure stories including Kidnapped and Treasure Island. He also wrote one of the most famously creepy stories of all time, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
He also wrote a series of children’s poems and this is one of the sweetest. We hope you will enjoy it.
ESCAPE AT BEDTIME
By Robert Louis Stevenson
The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of children in schools or the Parks,
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.
The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shone in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.