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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
4. Picture-books in Winter

SUMMER fading, winter comes— 
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs 
Window robins, winter rooks, 
And the picture story-books. 
  
Water now is turned to stone         5
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,  10
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,  15
In the pictyure story-books. 
  
How am I to sing your praise, 
Happy chimney-corner days, 
Sitting safe in nursery nooks, 
Reading picture story-books?  20

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