Treasure Island

BY

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON


To

S. L. O.,

AN AMERICAN GENTLEMAN,

IN ACCORDANCE WITH WHOSE CLASSIC TASTE

THE FOLLOWING NARRATIVE HAS BEEN DESIGNED,

IT IS NOW, IN RETURN FOR NUMEROUS DELIGHTFUL HOURS,

AND WITH THE KINDEST WISHES,

Dedicated

BY HIS AFFECTIONATE FRIEND,

                                    THE AUTHOR.


TO THE HESITATING PURCHASER.

_______________________________

If sailor tales to sailor tunes,

 Storm and adventure, heat and cold,

If schooners, islands, and maroons

 And Buccaneers and buried Gold,

And all the old romance, retold

 Exactly in the ancient way,

Can please, as me they pleased of old,

 The wiser youngsters of to-day:

—So be it, and fall on! If not,

 If studious youth no longer crave,

His ancient appetites forgot,

 Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave,

Or Cooper of the wood and wave:

 So be it, also! And may I

And all my pirates share the grave

 Where these and their creations lie!

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