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!