The Lamplighter

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.
It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do,
O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Comments (9)

Very beautiful! Really nice descriptive words..
Started out thinking this a poem about death. And it was. Death of innocence, of romance, and of happiness. Nice structure, wasn't too long, or full of itself, said what it wanted to say, and was above all honest. Great poem.
We use to be close, you use to tell me you loved me to most. But that is in the past now, its time for me to make my final bow......VERY HONESTWAY OFPUTTINGTHETHINGS IN RIGHT PERSPECTIVES...ILIKED YOUR APPROACHANDHOPESEE MANY FTHISKIND IN FUTURE.....LOVELY POEM....10 READ MINE.. FINAL ACT.... ANYWHERE.... NOT EASY.... AT CROSS ROAD
Liked it a lot :) . Very straight forward, tender and sweet :) .
sweet and a lovely poem with rich idea..well done..10/10
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