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THE CHILD ALONE: 4. PICTURE-BOOKS IN WINTER, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Summer fading, winter comes
Last Line: Reading picture story-books?
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Books; Winter; Reading

Summer fading, winter comes --
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
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,
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,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

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