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Although Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry is not as well known as it once was, his collection A Child’s Garden of Verses still stands as one of the most important early collections of poetry for young people. This fantastical poem tells of a child’s impressions of nighttime and the 'thousands of millions of stars' which appear to be chasing him or her. Even when packed off to bed, the sight of the stars remains in the child’s mind’s eye. Several star constellations are named in the poem.
Commissioned by Sydney Grammar School for the school’s music tour to New Zealand in 2011
Text by Robert Louis Stevenson
29 Jun 2011: Performed by Sydney Grammar School at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland