When I was sick and lay
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me busy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees about him dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.