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Bed in Summer Poem - Lyrics and Synopsis of the Poem

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An Introduction to the Bed in Summer Poem

Bed in Summer Poem is written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is a simple poem about a young child who is sad as he finds that by getting up at sunrise and going to bed before sunset he misses out on so much because of the changing nature of the seasons. Do you feel the same? Then, read ahead to know more about the poem.

Bed in Summer

Bed in Summer

Kids always like to listen to this poem because of its standard rhyming signature. It is a very innocent poem that reminds of childhood to adults as well. In this article, the complete lyrics of the poem is provided.

The Lyrics of the Bed in Summer Poem

The lyrics of the Bed in Summer Poem is given below.

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candlelight.

In summer, quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people's feet

Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

Synopsis of the Poem

In the ‘Bed in the Summer’ poem, the poet is not happy as a child as he gets up in winter very early before sunrise because the sun rises very late. In summer, he used to go to bed very early before sunset because the sun sets very late. 

The Child of Bed in Summer

The Child of Bed in Summer

The poet is jealous of grown-ups and birds as they are free. He goes to bed early, while grown-ups can walk around the streets as the child can hear the footsteps easily and birds jump on the trees happily.  The child asks a question that indicates that he is sad because it is sad for him to go to bed while the sky is still clear and blue. He wanted to play and enjoy the beauty of nature instead of going to bed while it is still daytime.


This article provides the lyrics and the synopsis of the poem “Bed in Summer”. The poem is from the perspective of a child so it is always liked by children. If you have enjoyed reading the poem, then head over to our website for more such poetic pieces.

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FAQs on Bed in Summer Poem - Lyrics and Synopsis of the Poem

1. Who wrote the ‘Bed in Summer’ poem?

The poem ‘Bed in Summer’ has been written by famous Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson who was also an essayist, poet as well as a travel writer. He is popular in the world for his works such as Treasure Island, A Child's Garden of Verses, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped. The ‘Bed in Summer’ poem was published in the year 1915 while it was written just before the outbreak of The Great War. 

2. Why do kids like the poem ‘Bed in Summer’?

‘Bed in Summer’ is a short and interesting poem which was written for children. The poem is framed in a manner that talks from the perspective of a young child who is not very happy about his routine of sleeping during summer because of the heat of daylight that occurs during the summer.