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JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY
American poet and dialect writer
(1849 - 1916)

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 design
      I find the smiling features of an old sweetheart of mine.
      - An Old Sweetheart of Mine [Love]

God bless us every one, prayed Tiny Tim,
  Crippled and dwarfed of body yet so tall
    Of soul, we tiptoe earth to look on him,
      High towering over all.
      - God Bless Us Every One [Blessings]

Say good-bye er howdy-do--
  What's the odds betwixt the two?
    Comin'--goin'--every day--
      Best friends first to go away--
        Grasp of hands you'd ruther hold
          Than their weight in solid gold,
            Slips their grip while greetin' you,--
              Say good-bye er howdy-do?
      - Good-Bye er Howdy-Do [Parting]

Just the wee cot--the cricket's chirr--
  Love and the smiling face of her.
      - Ike Walton's Prayer [Home]

An' all us other children, when the supper things is done,
  We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
    A-list'nin' to the witch tales 'at Annie tells about
      An' the gobble-uns 'at gits you
        Ef you
          Don't
            Watch
              Out!
      - Little Orphant Annie [Story Telling]

O'er folded blooms
  On swirls of musk,
    The beetle booms adown the glooms
      And bumps along the dusk.
      - The Beetle [Beetles]

One naked star has waded through
  The purple shallows of the night,
    And faltering as falls the dew
      It drips its misty light.
      - The Beetle [Stars]

The ripest peach is the highest on the tree.
      - The Ripest Peach [Fruits : Peaches]

And the humming-bird that hung
  Like a jewel up among
    The tilted honeysuckle horns
      They mesmerized and swung
        In the palpitating air,
          Drowsed with odors strange and rare.
            And, with whispered laughter, slipped away
              And let him hanging there.
      - The South Wind and the Sun [Hummingbirds]

And the South Wind--he was dressed
  With a ribbon round his breast
    That floated, flapped, and fluttered
      In a riotous unrest
        And a drapery of mist
          From the shoulder to the wrist
            Floating backward with the motion
              Of the waving hand he kissed.
      - The South Wind and the Sun [Wind]

And the sun had on a crown
  Wrought of gilded thistledown,
    And a scarf of velvet vapor
      And a raveled rainbow gown;
        And his tinsel-tangled hair
          Tossed and lost upon the air
            Was glossier and flossier
              Than any anywhere.
      - The South Wind and the Sun [Sun]

I don't know how to tell it--but ef such a thing could be
  As the angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me--
    I'd want to 'ccommodate 'em--all the whole-in-durin' flock--
      When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
      - When the Frost is on the Punkin [Pumpkins]

O, it sets my heart a clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
  When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
      - When the Frost is on the Punkin [Autumn]


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