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An Old Sweetheart of Mine   By: (1849-1916)

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An Old Sweetheart of Mine

James Whitcomb Riley

Drawings by Howard Chandler Christy

Decorations by Virginia Keep

The Bobbs Merrill Company Publishers Indianapolis

Copyright, 1888 1899 1902 James Whitcomb Riley

Copyright, 1902 The Bowen Merrill Company

An Old Sweetheart of Mine

INSCRIBED

To GEORGE C. HITT

The beginning of whose steadfast friendship was marked by the first publication of these verses which now, expanded by writer, honored by publisher and masterfully graced by artist, seem to be a worthier symbol of the author's grateful and affectionate regard for his earliest friend

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I Frontispiece An Old Sweetheart of Mine.

II A fair, illusive vision that would vanish into air

III The then of changeless sunny days The now of shower and shine

IV The old bookshelves and prints along the wall

V I find the smiling features of an old sweetheart of mine

VI Its fate with my tobacco and to vanish with the smoke

VII When my truant fancies wander with that old sweetheart of mine

VIII The voices of my children and the mother as she sings

IX For I find an extra flavor in Memory's mellow wine

X O childhood days enchanted! O the magic of the spring

XI To smile, behind my lesson, at that old sweetheart of mine

XII A face of lily beauty, with a form of airy grace

XIII When first I kissed her, and she answered the caress

XIV I slipped the apple in it and the teacher didn't know

XV She gave me her photograph , and printed "Ever Thine"

XVI And again I feel the pressure of her slender little hand

XVII Where the vines were ever fruited, and the weather ever fine

XVIII And she my faithful sweetheart till the golden hair was gray

XIX The door is softly opened, and my wife is standing there

The ordered intermingling of the real and the dream, The mill above the river, and the mist above the stream; The life of ceaseless labor, brave with song and cheery call The radiant skies of evening, with its rainbow o'er us all.

AN OLD SWEETHEART OF MINE! Is this her presence here with me, Or but a vain creation of a lover's memory?

A fair, illusive vision that would vanish into air Dared I even touch the silence with the whisper of a prayer?

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Nay, let me then believe in all the blended false and true The semblance of the old love and the substance of the new ,

The then of changeless sunny days the now of shower and shine But Love forever smiling, as that old sweetheart of mine.

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This ever restful sense of home , though shouts ring in the hall. The easy chair the old bookshelves and prints along the wall;

The rare Habanas in their box, or gaunt churchwarden stem That often wags, above the jar, derisively at them.

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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.

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The lamplight seems to glimmer with a flicker of surprise, As I turn it low to rest me of the dazzle in my eyes,

And light my pipe in silence, save a sigh that seems to yoke Its fate with my tobacco and to vanish with the smoke.

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'Tis a fragrant retrospection, for the loving thoughts that start Into being are like perfume from the blossom of the heart;

And to dream the old dreams over is a luxury divine When my truant fancies wander with that old sweetheart of mine... Continue reading book >>




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