The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley ...: Poems here at home. 1898

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1898 - Indiana
 

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Page 24 - 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 him ! Jim 'lowed 'at he'd had sich luck afore, Guessed he'd tackle her three years more.
Page 25 - 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 'ud come 'At stirred him up like the tap of a drum: At Petersburg, fer...
Page 45 - at the Wunks is got, 'At lives 'way deep in the ground, an' can Turn into me, er 'Lizabuth Ann! Aint he a funny old Raggedy Man? Raggedy ! Raggedy ! Raggedy Man ! The Raggedy Man — one time when he Wuz makin' a little bow-'n'-orry fer me, Says " When you're big like your Pa is, Air you go' to keep a fine store like his — An' be a rich merchunt — an' wear fine clothes ? — Er what air you go' to be, goodness knows! " An' nen he laughed at 'Lizabuth Ann, An' I says "'M go
Page 24 - Well, good-by, Jim: Take keer of yourse'f!" 'Feared 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' Jim; And down at the deepot a-heerin' him say, — "Well, good-by, Jim: Take keer of yourse'f!
Page 26 - Well, good-by, Jim: Take keer of yourse'f !" Think of a private, now, perhaps, We'll say like Jim, 'At's dumb clean up to the shoulder-straps — 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 hadn't leaked fer years and years, As the hand of the dyin...
Page 3 - 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 24 - 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-bye; 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...
Page 45 - An' shocked a' apple down fer me — An' nother'n, too, fer 'Lizabuth Ann — An' nother'n, too, fer The Raggedy Man. — Aint he a' awful kind Raggedy Man? Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man! An' The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes An...
Page 106 - I cry ; an' nen We both cry an' be good again. She loves me when she cuts an' sews My little cloak an' Sund'y clothes ; An' when my Pa comes home to tea, She loves him most as much as me. She laughs an
Page 104 - ... Only a little boy ! Sail! Ho! Hail ! Ho ! The sailor he sails the sea : I wish he would capture a little sea-horse And send him home to me. I wish, as he sails Through the tropical gales, He would catch me a sea-bird, too, With its silver wings And the song it sings, And its breast of down and dew...

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