Scottish Poetry Selection
- Summer Sun

Although mainly aimed at younger readers, the poems in Robert Louis Stevenson "A Child's Garden of Verses" are often read by adults too. Stevenson also wrote Bed in Summer, in which he highlights the long summer days in Scotland - and the long winter nights.

      Summer Sun

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
   Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
   More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
   To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
   To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
   He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
   Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
   He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
   Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
   Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
   The gardener of the World, he goes.

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