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In this illustration a small child, probably a girl, stands barefoot by a bed illuminated by the yellow glow of a candle; she is in the process of getting dressed in the dark, by the light of the candle.
I. Bed in Summer
In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. 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?
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