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My Bed is a Boat

by Robert Louis Stevenson



My bed is like a little boat;

Nurse helps me in when I embark;

She girds me in my sailor's coat

And starts me in the dark.


At night I go on board and say

Good-night to all my friends on shore;

I shut my eyes and sail away

And see and hear no more.


And sometimes things to bed I take,

As prudent sailors have to do;

Perhaps a slice of wedding-cake,

Perhaps a toy or two.


All night across the dark we steer;

But when the day returns at last,

Safe in my room beside the pier,

I find my vessel fast.

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