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The Lamplighter

The Lamplighter 
by Robert Louis Stevenson

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.

It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;

For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,

And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do,
  O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

           For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
            And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
               And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
               O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night! 

Gabby was one of the winners in the 2nd Grade Poetry Recitation Contest in school.  The winners were announced this morning. Halle got the second place, and its a tie between Gabby and Leila for first place. This is not the first time these two won in a Poetry Contest, it's their third time! Yahoo! Each winner received a ribbon, a rose and a surprise gift from Teacher Beatrice. What a great way to start the day! Congratulations dear! Mom is so proud of you!