Original Text: 

Robert Louis Stevenson, "Underwood: XXI," Ballads and Other Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson: A Child's Garden of Verses; Underwoods; Ballads (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900): 129. end/S749/A155/190- Fisher Rare Book Library

2Dig the grave and let me lie.
3Glad did I live and gladly die,
4    And I laid me down with a will.
5This be the verse you grave for me:
6Here he lies where he longed to be;
7Home is the sailor, home from sea,
8    And the hunter home from the hill.


1] This poem, in full, appears on Stevenson's tomb, in Samoa. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.