This song is available on I Have a Little Shadow:
A Child's Garden of Songs,
Inspired by the Poems of 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 tonight
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Many thanks to Steven Klaper for permission to display these lyrics.
Music and arrangements © Steven Klaper/Ashira Music (BMI). All rights reserved. Used with permission.