Poems Here at Home, by James Whitcomb Riley. Pictures by E. W. Kemble.

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Century Company, 1893 - History - 192 pages
 

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Page 65 - 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' to be a Raggedy Man!— I'm ist go
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 43 - Well, good-by, Jim : Take keer of yourse'f ! " Think of a private, now, perhaps, We 'll say like Jim, 'At 's clumb 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 had n't leaked fer years and years, As the hand of the dyin' boy clung to His father's, the old voice in his ears,...
Page 43 - Well, good-by, Jim: Take keer of yourse'f!" 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 instunce, where Jim rid right into their cannons there, And tuk 'em, and p'inted 'em...
Page 41 - peared wrapped up in him: But when Cap. Biggler, he writ back '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...
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 - Er twice in my life, — and first time was When the army broke out, and Jim he went, The old man backin' him, fer three months ; And all 'at I heerd the old man say Was, jes...
Page 42 - Well, good-by, Jim : Take keer of yourse'f ! " 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 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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