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Riley Songs of Friendship   By: (1849-1916)

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RILEY SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP

by

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

With Pictures by Will Vawter

[Frontispiece: "Sleep, for thy mother bends over thee yet!"]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Copyright 1885, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1900, 1903, 1908, 1913, 1915 James Whitcomb Riley

To

Young E. Allison Bookman

The bookman he's a humming bird His feasts are honey fine, (With hi! hilloo! And clover dew And roses lush and rare!) His roses are the phrase and word Of olden tomes divine; (With hi! and ho! And pinks ablow And posies everywhere!) The Bookman he's a humming bird, He steals from song to song He scents the ripest blooming rhyme, And takes his heart along And sacks all sweets of bursting verse And ballads, throng on throng. (With ho! and hey! And brook and brae, And brinks of shade and shine!)

A humming bird the Bookman is Though cumbrous, gray and grim, (With hi! hilloo! And honey dew And odors musty rare!) He bends him o'er that page of his As o'er the rose's rim. (With hi! and ho! And pinks aglow And roses everywhere!) Ay, he's the featest humming bird, On airiest of wings He poises pendent o'er the poem That blossoms as it sings God friend him as he dips his beak In such delicious things! (With ho! and hey! And world away And only dreams for him!)

O friends of mine, whose kindly words come to me Voiced only in lost lisps of ink and pen, If I had power to tell the good you do me, And how the blood you warm goes laughing through me, My tongue would babble baby talk again.

And I would toddle round the world to meet you Fall at your feet, and clamber to your knees And with glad, happy hands would reach and greet you, And twine my arms about you, and entreat you For leave to weave a thousand rhymes like these

A thousand rhymes enwrought of nought but presses Of cherry lip and apple cheek and chin, And pats of honeyed palms, and rare caresses, And all the sweets of which as Fancy guesses She folds away her wings and swoons therein.

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CONTENTS

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ABE MARTIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 AMERICA'S THANKSGIVING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 ANCIENT PRINTERMAN, THE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 ART AND POETRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 BACK FROM TOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 BE OUR FORTUNES AS THEY MAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 BECAUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 CHRISTMAS GREETING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 DAN O'SULLIVAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 DEAD JOKE AND THE FUNNY MAN, THE . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 DOWN TO THE CAPITAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 FRIEND OF A WAYWARD HOUR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 GOOD BY ER HOWDY DO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 HER VALENTINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 HERR WEISER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 HOBO VOLUNTARY, A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 I SMOKE MY PIPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 IN THE AFTERNOON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 IN THE HEART OF JUNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 JAMES B. MAYNARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 LETTER TO A FRIEND, A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 "LITTLE MAN IN THE TINSHOP, THE" . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 LITTLE OLD POEM THAT NOBODY READS, THE . . . . . . . . . 146 MOTHER SONG, A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 MY BACHELOR CHUM . . . . . ... Continue reading book >>




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