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Green Fields and Running Brooks, and Other Poems   By: (1849-1916)

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GREEN FIELDS AND RUNNING BROOKS

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

INDIANAPOLIS

THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT 1893

BY JAMES W. RILEY

TO MY SISTERS

ELVA AND MARY

CONTENTS.

PROEM

Artemus of Michigan, The As My Uncle Used to Say At Utter Loaf August Autumn

Bedouin Being His Mother Blind Blossoms on the Trees, The By Any Other Name By Her White Bed

Chant of the Cross Bearing Child, The Country Pathway, A Cup of Tea, A Curse of the Wandering Foot, The Cyclone, The

Dan Paine Dawn, Noon and Dewfall Discouraging Model, A Ditty of No Tone, A Don Piatt of Mac o chee Dot Leedle Boy Dream of Autumn, A

Elizabeth Envoy

Farmer Whipple Bachelor Full Harvest, A

Glimpse of Pan, A Go, Winter

Her Beautiful Eyes Hereafter, The His Mother's Way His Vigil Home at Night Home Going, The Hoodoo, The Hoosier Folk Child, The How John Quit the Farm

Iron Horse, The Iry and Billy and Jo

Jack the Giant Killer Jap Miller John Alden and Percilly John Brown John McKeen Judith June at Woodruff Just to Be Good

Last Night And This Let Us Forget Little Fat Doctor, The Longfellow Lounger, A

Monument for the Soldiers, A Mr. What's His Name My Friend

Nessmuk North and South

Old Retired Sea Captain, The Old Winters on the Farm Old Year and the New, The On the Banks o' Deer Crick Out of Nazareth

Passing of A Heart, The Plaint Human, The

Quarrel, The Quiet Lodger, The

Reach Your Hand to Me Right Here at Home Rival, The Rivals, The; or the Showman's Ruse Robert Burns Wilson Rose, The

September Dark Shoemaker, The Singer, The Sister Jones's Confession Sleep Some Scattering Remarks of Bub's Song of Long Ago, A Southern Singer, A Suspense

Thanksgiving Their Sweet Sorrow Them Flowers To an Importunate Ghost To Hear Her Sing Tom Van Arden To the Serenader Tugg Martin Twins, The

Wandering Jew, The Watches of the Night, The Water Color, A We to Sigh Instead of Sing What Chris'mas Fetched the Wigginses When Age Comes On Where Away While the Musician Played Wife Bless├ęd, The Wraith of Summertime, A

GREEN FIELDS AND RUNNING BROOKS

GREEN FIELDS AND RUNNING BROOKS

Ho! green fields and running brooks! Knotted strings and fishing hooks Of the truant, stealing down Weedy backways of the town.

Where the sunshine overlooks, By green fields and running brooks, All intruding guests of chance With a golden tolerance,

Cooing doves, or pensive pair Of picnickers, straying there By green fields and running brooks, Sylvan shades and mossy nooks!

And O Dreamer of the Days, Murmurer of roundelays All unsung of words or books, Sing green fields and running brooks!

A COUNTRY PATHWAY.

I come upon it suddenly, alone A little pathway winding in the weeds That fringe the roadside; and with dreams my own, I wander as it leads.

Full wistfully along the slender way, Through summer tan of freckled shade and shine, I take the path that leads me as it may Its every choice is mine.

A chipmunk, or a sudden whirring quail, Is startled by my step as on I fare A garter snake across the dusty trail Glances and is not there.

Above the arching jimson weeds flare twos And twos of sallow yellow butterflies, Like blooms of lorn primroses blowing loose When autumn winds arise.

The trail dips dwindles broadens then, and lifts Itself astride a cross road dubiously, And, from the fennel marge beyond it, drifts Still onward, beckoning me.

And though it needs must lure me mile on mile Out of the public highway, still I go, My thoughts, far in advance in Indian file, Allure me even so.

Why, I am as a long lost boy that went At dusk to bring the cattle to the bars, And was not found again, though Heaven lent His mother ail the stars

With which to seek him through that awful night... Continue reading book >>




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