James Whitcomb Riley
When The Frost Is On The Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley

When The Frost Is On The Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey cock And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' ...

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Gratefully And Affectionately Inscribed To Joel Chandler Harris by James Whitcomb Riley

Gratefully And Affectionately Inscribed To Joel Chandler Harris by James Whitcomb Riley

You who to the rounded prime_ _Of a life of toil and stress_, _Still have kept the morning-time_ _Of glad youth in heart and spirit_, _So your laugh, as children hear it_, ...

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Back From A Two-Years’ Sentence by James Whitcomb Riley

Back From A Two-Years’ Sentence by James Whitcomb Riley

Back from a two-years' sentence! And though it had been ten, You think, I were scarred no deeper In the eyes of my fellow-men. 'My fellow-men--?' Sounds like a satire, You ...

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A Life-Lesson by James Whitcomb Riley

A Life-Lesson by James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry! They have broken your doll, I know; And your tea-set blue, And your play-house, too, Are things of the long ago; But childish troubles will ...

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A Barefoot Boy by James Whitcomb Riley

A Barefoot Boy by James Whitcomb Riley

A barefoot boy! I mark him at his play -- For May is here once more, and so is he, -- His dusty trousers, rolled half to the knee, And his bare ankles grimy, too, as they: ...

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A Summer Afternoon by James Whitcomb Riley

A Summer Afternoon by James Whitcomb Riley

A languid atmosphere, a lazy breeze,With labored respiration, moves the wheatFrom distant reaches, till the golden seasBreak in crisp whispers at my feet.My book, neglected of an ...

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A Noon Interval by James Whitcomb Riley

A Noon Interval by James Whitcomb Riley

A deep, delicious hush in earth and sky -- A gracious lull--since, from its wakening, The morn has been a feverish, restless thing In which the pulse of Summer ran too high And ...

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A Song Of The Road by James Whitcomb Riley

A Song Of The Road by James Whitcomb Riley

O I will walk with you, my lad, whichever way you fare, You'll have me, too, the side o' you, with heart as light as air; No care for where the road you take's a-leadin' ...

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Knee-Deep In June by James Whitcomb Riley

Knee-Deep In June by James Whitcomb Riley

Tell you what I like the best -- 'Long about knee-deep in June, 'Bout the time strawberries melts On the vine, -- some afternoon Like to jes' git out and rest, And not work at ...

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Our Hired Girl by James Whitcomb Riley

Our Hired Girl by James Whitcomb Riley

1 Our hired girl, she's 'Lizabuth Ann; 2 An' she can cook best things to eat! 3 She ist puts dough in our pie-pan, 4 An' pours in somepin' 'at's good an' ...

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A Cup Of Tea by James Whitcomb Riley

A Cup Of Tea by James Whitcomb Riley

I have sipped, with drooping lashes,Dreamy draughts of Verzenay;I have flourished brandy-smashesIn the wildest sort of way;I have joked with 'Tom and Jerry'Till wee hours ayont ...

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A Masque Of The Seasons by James Whitcomb Riley

A Masque Of The Seasons by James Whitcomb Riley

Scene.--_A kitchen.--Group of Children, popping corn.--The Fairy Queenof the Seasons discovered in the smoke of the corn-popper.--Waving herwand, and, with eerie, sharp, imperious ...

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Granny by James Whitcomb Riley

Granny by James Whitcomb Riley

1 Granny's come to our house, 2 And ho! my lawzy-daisy! 3 All the childern round the place 4 Is ist a-runnin' crazy! 5 Fetched a cake fer little Jake, 6 ...

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Liberty by James Whitcomb Riley

Liberty by James Whitcomb Riley

New Castle, July 4, 1878or a hundred years the pulse of timeHas throbbed for Liberty;For a hundred years the grand old climeColumbia has been free;For a hundred years our ...

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Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the ...

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Away by James Whitcomb Riley

Away by James Whitcomb Riley

I cannot say, and I will not sayThat he is dead- . He is just away! With a cheery smile, and a wave of the handHe has wandered into an unknown land,And left us dreaming how very ...

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A Dream Of Long Ago by James Whitcomb Riley

A Dream Of Long Ago by James Whitcomb Riley

Lying listless in the mossesUnderneath a tree that tossesFlakes of sunshine, and embossesIts green shadow with the snow--Drowsy-eyed, I sink in slumberBorn of fancies without ...

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A Poet’s Wooing by James Whitcomb Riley

A Poet’s Wooing by James Whitcomb Riley

I woo'd a woman once,But she was sharper than an eastern wind.Tennyson"What may I do to make you glad,To make you glad and free,Till your light smiles glanceAnd your bright eyes ...

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Dream by James Whitcomb Riley

Dream by James Whitcomb Riley

Because her eyes were far too deepAnd holy for a laugh to leapAcross the brink where sorrow triedTo drown within the amber tide;Because the looks, whose ripples kissedThe ...

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Song Of The New Year by James Whitcomb Riley

Song Of The New Year by James Whitcomb Riley

I heard the bells at midnightRing in the dawning year;And above the clanging chorusOf the song, I seemed to hearA choir of mystic voicesFlinging echoes, ringing clear,From a band ...

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At Broad Ripple by James Whitcomb Riley

At Broad Ripple by James Whitcomb Riley

Oh luxury! Beyond the heat And dust of town, with dangling feet Astride the rock below the dam, In the cool shadows where the calm Rests on the stream again, and all Is silent ...

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A Passing Hail by James Whitcomb Riley

A Passing Hail by James Whitcomb Riley

Let us rest ourselves a bit! Worry?-- wave your hand to it -- Kiss your finger-tips and smile It farewell a little while.Weary of the weary way We have come from Yesterday, Let us ...

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The Harper by James Whitcomb Riley

The Harper by James Whitcomb Riley

Like a drift of faded blossoms Caught in a slanting rain, His fingers glimpsed down the strings of his harp In a tremulous refrain:Patter and tinkle, and drip and drip! Ah! but ...

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A Country Pathway by James Whitcomb Riley

A Country Pathway by James Whitcomb Riley

I come upon it suddenly, alone--A little pathway winding in the weedsThat fringe the roadside; and with dreams my own,I wander as it leads.Full wistfully along the slender ...

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A Good Man by James Whitcomb Riley

A Good Man by James Whitcomb Riley

IA good man never dies--In worthy deed and prayerAnd helpful hands, and honest eyes,If smiles or tears be there:Who lives for you and me--Lives for the world he triesTo help--he ...

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The Old Guitar by James Whitcomb Riley

The Old Guitar by James Whitcomb Riley

Neglected now is the old guitarAnd moldering into decay;Fretted with many a rift and scarThat the dull dust hides away,While the spider spins a silver starIn its silent lips ...

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A Ballad by James Whitcomb Riley

A Ballad by James Whitcomb Riley

With A Serious ConclusionCrowd about me, little children--Come and cluster 'round my kneeWhile I tell a little storyThat happened once with me.My father he had gone awayA-sailing ...

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A Dream Of Autumn by James Whitcomb Riley

A Dream Of Autumn by James Whitcomb Riley

Mellow hazes, lowly trailingOver wood and meadow, veilingSomber skies, with wildfowl sailingSailor-like to foreign lands;And the north-wind overleapingSummer's brink, and ...

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Who Bides His Time by James Whitcomb Riley

Who Bides His Time by James Whitcomb Riley

Who bides his time, and day by day Faces defeat full patiently, And lifts a mirthful roundelay, However poor his fortunes be,-- He will not fail in any qualm Of poverty -- the ...

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A Fantasy by James Whitcomb Riley

A Fantasy by James Whitcomb Riley

A fantasy that came to meAs wild and wantonly designedAs ever any dream might beUnraveled from a madman's mind,--A tangle-work of tissue, wroughtBy cunning of the spider-brain,And ...

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An Old Sweetheart Of Mine by James Whitcomb Riley

An Old Sweetheart Of Mine by James Whitcomb Riley

As one who cons at evening o'er an album all alone,And muses on the faces of the friends that he has known,So I turn the leaves of Fancy, till in shadowy designI find the smiling ...

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The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley

The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley

1 O the Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa; 2 An' he's the goodest man ever you saw! 3 He comes to our house every day, 4 An' waters the horses, an' feeds 'em hay; 5 ...

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A Lounger by James Whitcomb Riley

A Lounger by James Whitcomb Riley

He leant against a lamp-post, lostIn some mysterious reverie:His head was bowed; his arms were crossed;He yawned, and glanced evasively:Uncrossed his arms, and slowly putThem back ...

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A Dream by James Whitcomb Riley

A Dream by James Whitcomb Riley

I dreamed I was a spider;A big, fat, hungry spider;A lusty, rusty spiderWith a dozen palsied limbs;With a dozen limbs that dangledWhere three wretched flies were tangledAnd their ...

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A Worn-Out Pencil by James Whitcomb Riley

A Worn-Out Pencil by James Whitcomb Riley

Welladay!Here I layYou at rest--all worn away,O my pencil, to the tipOf our old companionship!MemorySighs to seeWhat you are, and used to be,Looking backward to the timeWhen you ...

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Her Beautiful Eyes by James Whitcomb Riley

Her Beautiful Eyes by James Whitcomb Riley

O her beautiful eyes! they are as blue as the dewOn the violet's bloom when the morning is new,And the light of their love is the gleam of the sunO'er the meadows of Spring where ...

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A Bear Family by James Whitcomb Riley

A Bear Family by James Whitcomb Riley

Wunst, 'way West in Illinoise,Wuz two Bears an' their two boys:An' the two boys' names, you know,Wuz--like _ours_ is,--Jim an' Jo;An' their _parunts'_ names wuz same's,All big ...

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Ike Walton’s Prayer by James Whitcomb Riley

Ike Walton’s Prayer by James Whitcomb Riley

I crave, dear Lord, No boundless hoard Of gold and gear, Nor jewels fine, Nor lands, nor kine, Nor treasure-heaps of anything.- Let but a little hut be mine Where at the ...

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A Christmas Memory by James Whitcomb Riley

A Christmas Memory by James Whitcomb Riley

Pa he bringed me here to stay'Til my Ma she's well.--An' nenHe's go' hitch up, Chris'mus-day,An' come take me back againWher' my Ma's at! Won't I beTickled when he comes fer me!My ...

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A Full Harvest by James Whitcomb Riley

A Full Harvest by James Whitcomb Riley

Seems like a feller'd ort 'o jes' to-dayGit down and roll and waller, don't you know,In that-air stubble, and flop up and crow,Seein' sich craps! I'll undertake to sayThere're no ...

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Curly Locks by James Whitcomb Riley

Curly Locks by James Whitcomb Riley

_Curly Locks! Curly Locks! wilt thou be mine?Thou shalt not wash the dishes, nor yet feed the swine,--But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam,And feast upon strawberries, sugar ...

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A Leave-Taking by James Whitcomb Riley

A Leave-Taking by James Whitcomb Riley

She will not smile;She will not stir;I marvel whileI look on her.The lips are chillyAnd will not speak;The ghost of a lilyIn either cheek.Her hair--ah me!Her hair--her hair!How ...

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A Bride by James Whitcomb Riley

A Bride by James Whitcomb Riley

'O I am weary!' she sighed, as her billowyHair she unloosed in a torrent of goldThat rippled and fell o'er a figure as willowy,Graceful and fair as a goddess of old:Over her ...

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The Old Swimmin’ Hole by James Whitcomb Riley

The Old Swimmin’ Hole by James Whitcomb Riley

Oh! the old swimmin'-hole! whare the crick so still and deep Looked like a baby-river that was laying half asleep, And the gurgle of the worter round the drift jest below Sounded ...

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Ylladmar by James Whitcomb Riley

Ylladmar by James Whitcomb Riley

Her hair was, oh, so dense a blurOf darkness, midnight envied her;And stars grew dimmer in the skiesTo see the glory of her eyes;And all the summer rain of lightThat showered from ...

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A Dost O’ Blues by James Whitcomb Riley

A Dost O’ Blues by James Whitcomb Riley

I' got no patience with blues at all!And I ust to kindo talkAginst 'em, and claim, 'tel along last Fall,They was none in the fambly stock;But a nephew of mine, from Eelinoy,That ...

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A Letter To A Friend by James Whitcomb Riley

A Letter To A Friend by James Whitcomb Riley

The past is like a storyI have listened to in dreamsThat vanished in the gloryOf the Morning's early gleams;And--at my shadow glancing--I feel a loss of strength,As the Day of ...

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A Canary At The Farm by James Whitcomb Riley

A Canary At The Farm by James Whitcomb Riley

Folks has be'n to town, and SahryFetched 'er home a pet canary--,And of all the blame', contrary,Aggervatin' things alive!I love music-- that I love itWhen it's free-- and plenty ...

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A Child-World by James Whitcomb Riley

A Child-World by James Whitcomb Riley

_The Child-World--long and long since lost to view--A Fairy Paradise!--How always fair it was and fresh and new--How every affluent hour heaped heart and eyesWith treasures of ...

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A Gustatory Achievement by James Whitcomb Riley

A Gustatory Achievement by James Whitcomb Riley

Last Thanksgivin'-dinner weEt at Granny's house, an' sheHad--ist like she alluz does--Most an' best pies ever wuz.Canned _black_ burry-pie an' _goose_Burry, squshin'-full o' ...

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