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Century Company, 1893 - American poetry - 187 pages
 

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Page 41 - Was, jes' as we turned to start away, — "Well, good-by, Jim: Take keer of yourse'f !" Teared-like, he was more satisfied Jes' lookin' at Jim And likin' him all to hisse'f-like, see? — 'Cause he was jes' wrapped up in him! And over and over I mind the day The old man come and stood round in the way While we was drillin', a-watchin...
Page 41 - At Jim was the bravest boy we had In the whole dern rigiment, white er black, And his fightin' good as his farmin' bad, — 'At he had led, with a bullet clean Bored through his thigh, and carried the flag Through the bloodiest battle you ever seen, — The old man wound up a letter to him 'At, Cap. read to us, 'at said, — "Tell Jim Good-by; And take keer of hisse'f !" Jim come home jes' long enough To take the whim 'At he'd like to go back in the calvery — And the old man jes' wrapped up in...
Page 15 - And touch her, as when first in the old days I touched her girlish hand, nor dared upraise Mine eyes, such was my faint heart's sweet distress. Then silence ; and the perfume of her dress.
Page 42 - Tuk the papers, the Old man did, A-watchin' fer Jim — Fully believin' he'd make his mark Some way — jes' wrapped up in him! — And many a time the word 'u'd come 'At stirred him up like the tap of a drum — At -Petersburg, fer...
Page 43 - Well, good-by, Jim: Take keer of yourse'f ! " Think of a private, now, perhaps, We '11 say like Jim, 'At 's dumb clean up to the shoulderstraps — And the old man jes' wrapped up in him ! Think of him — with the war plum' through. And the glorious old Red-White-and-Blue A-laughin' the news down over Jim, And the old man, bendin' over him — The surgeon turnin' away with tears 'At had n't leaked fer years and years, As the hand of the dyin...
Page 64 - The Raggedy Man— Ain't he a' awful kind Raggedy Man? Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man! An' The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes An' tells 'em, ef I be good, sometimes: Knows 'bout Giunts, an' Griffuns, an' Elves, An' the Squidgicum'Squees 'at swallers ther
Page 40 - Never heerd him speak but once Er twice in my life, — and first time was When the army broke out, and Jim he went, The old man backin...
Page 43 - Some way — jes' wrapped up in him ! — And many a time the word 'u'd come "At stirred him up like the tap of a drum — At Petersburg, fer instunce, where Jim rid right into their cannons there, And tuk 'em, and pinted "em...
Page 63 - O THE Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa; An' he's the goodest man ever you saw! He comes to our house every day, An' waters the horses, an
Page 42 - lowed 'at he'd had sich luck afore, Guessed he'd tackle her three years more. And the old man give him a colt he'd raised, And follered him over to Camp Ben Wade, And laid around fer a week er so, Watchin...

About the author (1893)

Poet, lecturer, and journalist, Riley gained popularity with his series of poems in the Hoosier dialect written under the pseudonym "Benjamin F. Johnson, of Boone." These originally appeared in the Indianapolis Journal, where he worked from 1877 to 1885; in 1883 they were published as The Old Swimmin'-Hole and 'Leven More Poems. His most popular poems are "When the Frost is on the Punkin"' and "The Old Man and Jim." Riley went on numerous lecture tours, entertaining as an actor and humorist. Although best known for his dialect poetry---"comforting, familiar platitudes, restated in verse" (Richard Crowder)---Riley also wrote humorous sketches and other poems. He produced more than 90 volumes of popular poetry, some of which are available in reprinted editions.

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