A Child-World

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A CHILD-WORLD

James Whitcomb Riley

A CHILD-WORLD

_The Child-World—long and long since lost to view—

      A Fairy Paradise!—

  How always fair it was and fresh and new—

    How every affluent hour heaped heart and eyes

      With treasures of surprise!

  Enchantments tangible: The under-brink

      Of dawns that launched the sight

  Up seas of gold: The dewdrop on the pink,

    With all the green earth in it and blue height

      Of heavens infinite:

  The liquid, dripping songs of orchard-birds—

      The wee bass of the bees,—

  With lucent deeps of silence afterwards;

    The gay, clandestine whisperings of the breeze

      And glad leaves of the trees.

* * * * *

  O Child-World: After this world—just as when

      I found you first sufficed

  My soulmost need—if I found you again,

    With all my childish dream so realised,

      I should not be surprised._

CONTENTS

PROEM

THE CHILD-WORLD
THE OLD-HOME FOLKS
ALMON KEEPER
NOEY BIXLER
“A NOTED TRAVELER”
A PROSPECTIVE VISIT
AT NOEY’S HOUSE
“THAT LITTLE DOG”
THE LOEHRS AND THE HAMMONDS
THE HIRED MAN AND FLORETTY
THE EVENING COMPANY
MAYMIE’S STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD
LIMITATIONS OF GENIUS
MR. HAMMOND’S PARABLE—THE DREAMER
FLORETTY’S MUSICAL CONTRIBUTION
BUD’S FAIRY-TALE
A DELICIOUS INTERRUPTION
NOEY’S NIGHT-PIECE
COUSIN RUFUS’ STORY
BEWILDERING EMOTIONS
ALEX TELLS A BEAR-STORY
THE PATHOS OF APPLAUSE
TOLD BY “THE NOTED TRAVELER”
HEAT-LIGHTNING
UNCLE MART’S POEM
“LITTLE JACK JANITOR”
FINALE

THE CHILD-WORLD

A Child-World, yet a wondrous world no less,

To those who knew its boundless happiness.

A simple old frame house—eight rooms in all—

Set just one side the center of a small

But very hopeful Indiana town,—

The upper-story looking squarely down

Upon the main street, and the main highway

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