A child's garden
The choice of a profession
The amateur emigrant
A chapter on dreams
In the South Seas
An island landfall
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Although he wrote many stories which are set in the South Seas, Robert Louis Stevenson's native land remained in his thoughts.
He had completed 'The Master of Ballantrae' during his cruise, and once settled at Vailima he began work on a new novel. 'Weir of Hermiston' is claimed by many to be his finest work, although it was never completed.
'It had seemed unprovoked, a wilful convulsion of brute nature …'
Home is the sailor
'Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.'