“In Winter I Get Up at Night

and dress by yellow candlelight . . . “

Bed in Summer, by Jessie Willcox Smith


In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

— “Bed in Summer” by Robert Lewis Stevenson

— Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith

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Artist bio on wiki: Jessie Willcox Smith

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Youtube: Jessie Willcox Smith

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(The Marlowe Bookshelf)

 

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