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idyllic passages of classic children's literature

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Miss Matilda
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where are you going, my little one?
you may see, if you will look
through the windows of this book,
another child, far away,
and in another garden, play.

but do not think you can at all,
by knocking on the window, call
that child to hear you. she intent
is all on her play-business bent.

she does not hear, she will not look,
nor yet be lured out of this book.
for long ago, the truth to say,
she has grown up and gone away.

and it is but a child of air
that lingers in the garden there.

— (to any reader, from a child's garden of verses, by robert louis stevenson, published 1902) —
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