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Castles in the Air
by J Ballantine

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This poem is a picture of a child gazing into the fire, and seeing pictures in it. Robert Louis Stevenson writes a poem in English about "Armies in the Fire".
                            The bonnie, bonnie bairn wha sits pokin' in the ase,
                            Glowerin' in the fire wi' his wee round face.
                            Laughin' at the fuffin' lowe - what sees he there?
                            Ha! the young dreamer's biggin' castles in the air.
                            His wee chubby face and his touzie curly pow
                            Are laughin' and noddin' to the dancing lowe;
                            He'll brown his rosy cheeks, and singe his sunny hair,
                            Glowerin' at the imps wi' their castles in the air.
                            He sees muckle castles towerin' to the moon;   
                            He sees little sodgers pu'in' them a' doun;
                            Warlds whommlin' up and doun, bleezin' wi' a flare, -
                            See how he loups as they glimmer in the air!
                            For a' sae sage he looks, what can the laddie ken?
                            He's thinkin' upon naething, like mony mighty men:
                            A wee thing mak's us think, a sam' thing mak's us stare -
                            There are mair folk than him biggin' castles in the air.

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