Riley Child-Rhymes

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[Illustration: A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells
abou—Frontispiece]

RILEY
CHILD-RHYMES

James Whitcomb Riley

WITH HOOSIER PICTURES BY

Will Vawter

Copyright 1890, 1896, 1898 and 1905

WITH HALE AFFECTION AND ABIDING FAITH
THESE RHYMES AND PICTURES
ARE INSCRIBED
TO THE CHILDREN EVERYWHERE

He owns the bird-songs of the hills—

The laughter of the April rills;

And his are all the diamonds set

In Morning’s dewy coronet,—

And his the Dusk’s first minted stars

That twinkle through the pasture-bars

And litter all the skies at night

With glittering scraps of silver light;—

The rainbow’s bar, from rim to rim,

In beaten gold, belongs to him.

CONTENTS

[Note from the transcriber: The Table of Contents below was taken from
the book and is an alphabetical list of the poems. A second Table of
Contents, listing the poems in the order they occur in this book, has
been provided by the transcriber.]

AT AUNTY’S HOUSE
BEAR STORY, THE
BOY LIVES ON OUR FARM, THE
BOYS’ CANDIDATE, THE
BUMBLEBEE, THE
CIRCUS-DAY PARADE, THE
CURLY LOCKS
DAYS GONE BY, THE
DOWN AROUND THE RIVER
ENVOY
FUNNY LITTLE FELLOW, THE
GRANDFATHER SQUEERS
HAPPY LITTLE CRIPPLE, THE
HOME-MADE FAIRY-TALE, A
IMPETUOUS RESOLVE, AN
JOLLY MILLER, THE
LIFE-LESSON, A
LITTLE COAT, THE
LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE
LUGUBRIOUS WHING-WHANG, THE
NAUGHTY CLAUDE
NINE LITTLE GOBLINS, THE
OLD AUNT MARY’S
OLD HAY-MOW, THE
OLD TRAMP, THE
ON THE SUNNY SIDE
OUR HIRED GIRL
PET COON, THE
PIXY PEOPLE, THE
RAGGEDY MAN, THE
RIDER OF THE KNEE, THE
RUNAWAY BOY, THE
SOUTH WIND AND THE SUN, THE
SQUIRTGUN UNCLE MAKED ME, THE
SUDDEN SHOWER, A
TIME OF CLEARER TWITTERINGS
WAITIN’ FER THE CAT TO DIE
WHO SANTY-CLAUS WUZ
WINTER FANCIES

Contents (Listed in the Order They Appear)

LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE
THE RAGGEDY MAN
CURLY LOCKS
THE FUNNY LITTLE FELLOW
THE HAPPY LITTLE CRIPPLE
THE RIDER OF THE KNEE
DOWN AROUND THE RIVER
AT AUNTY’S HOUSE
THE DAYS GONE BY
THE BUMBLEBEE
THE BOY LIVES ON OUR FARM
THE SQUIRTGUN UNCLE MAKED ME
THE OLD TRAMP
OLD AUNT MARY’S
WINTER FANCIES
THE RUNAWAY BOY
THE LITTLE COAT
AN IMPETUOUS RESOLVE
WHO SANTY-CLAUS WUZ
THE NINE LITTLE GOBLINS
TIME OF CLEARER TWITTERINGS
THE CIRCUS-DAY PARADE
THE LUGUBRIOUS WHING-WHANG
WAITIN’ FER THE CAT TO DIE
NAUGHTY CLAUDE
THE SOUTH WIND AND THE SUN
THE JOLLY MILLER
OUR HIRED GIRL
THE BOYS’ CANDIDATE
THE PET COON
THE OLD HAY-MOW
ON THE SUNNY SIDE
A SUDDEN SHOWER
GRANDFATHER SQUEERS
THE PIXY PEOPLE
A LIFE-LESSON
A HOME-MADE FAIRY-TALE
THE BEAR STORY
ENVOY

ILLUSTRATIONS

WITCH-TALES
THEY WAS TWO GREAT BIG BLACK THINGS A-STANDIN’ BY HER SIDE
AN’ WHEN THEY TURN’T THE KIVVERS DOWN
LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE—TAILPIECE
THE RAGGEDY MAN—TITLE
HE SHOWED ME THE HOLE ‘AT THE WUNKS IS GOT
CURLY LOCKS—TITLE
SIT ON A CUSHION AND SEW A FINE SEAM
THE FUNNY LITTLE FELLOW—TITLE
NEVER KNEW A BABY THAT WOULDN’T CROW FOR HIM
THE HAPPY LITTLE CRIPPLE—TITLE
AN’ I PECK ON THE WINDER
AN’ COOKS A’ EGG FER ME
THE HAPPY LITTLE CRIPPLE—TAILPIECE
THE RIDER OF THE KNEE
DOWN AROUND THE RIVER—TITLE
NOON-TIME AND JUNE-TIME DOWN AROUND THE RIVER
DOWN AROUND THE RIVER—TAILPIECE
AT AUNTY’S HOUSE—TITLE
WE ET OUT ON THE PORCH
THE DAYS GONE BY—TITLE
IN THE ORCHARD
THE BUMBLEBEE
THE BOY LIVES ON OUR FARM—TITLE
STAND UP LIKE HIM AN’ DRIVE
THE SQUIRTGUN UNCLE MAKED ME—TITLE
THE SQUIRTGUN—TAILPIECE
AN’ NEN HE PEELED OFF THE BARK
THE OLD TRAMP
WE PATTER ALONG IN THE DUST AGAIN
OLD AUNT MARY’S—TAILPIECE
WINTER FANCIES—TITLE
WINTER WITHOUT AND WARMTH WITHIN
HERE IN MY ROOM I’M AS SNUGLY SHUT
AN’ A GREA’-BIG PIG WENT “BOOH!”
HUG WITE CLOSE ROUND HER NECK
THE LITTLE COAT
THE LITTLE COAT—TAILPIECE
AN IMPETUOUS RESOLVE—TITLE
I’M GO’ TO BE A BAKER
A-SLINGIN’ PIE-CRUST ‘LONG THE ROAD
WHO SANTY-CLAUS WUZ—TITLE
AN’ QUAR’L WITH HIS FROSTED HEELS
WHO SANTY-CLAUS WUZ—TAILPIECE
THE NINE LITTLE GOBLINS
THE NINE LITTLE GOBLINS—TAILPIECE
TIME OF CLEARER TWITTERINGS—TITLE
WHERE THE SHELLBARK HICKORY TREE
THE CIRCUS-DAY PARADE
HOW THE CAGES JOLTED PAST
AND, LAST OF ALL, THE CLOWN
THE LUGUBRIOUS WHING-WHANG—TITLE
WAITIN’ FER THE CAT TO DIE—TITLE
BAREFOOTED, HUNGRY, LEAN, ORNRY BOYS
WHY YOU ROCK SO SLOW?
NAUGHTY CLAUDE
THE SOUTH WIND AND THE SUN—TITLE
THIS PAIR OF MERRY FAYS
THE JOLLY MILLER—TITLE
THAT CAT O’ YOURN I’D KILL HER
WUZ PARCHIN’ CORN FER THE RAGGEDY MAN
THE BOYS’ CANDIDATE
THE PET COON—TITLE
AN’ NEN WHEN BILLY FIGHTED ME
THE OLD HAY-MOW—TITLE
IN OUR HAY-MOW WHERE I KEEP STORE
ON THE SUNNY SIDE—TITLE
AS A ROMPING BOY
A SUDDEN SHOWER—TITLE
SCHOOLGIRL FACES … GLEAM FROM THE SHAWLS ABOUT THEIR HEADS
A SUDDEN SHOWER—TAILPIECE
GRANDFATHER SQUEERS—TITLE
AND SMOKE LEAF-TOBACCO
GRANDFATHER SQUEERS—TAILPIECE
THE PIXY PEOPLE—TITLE
WINGED ABOVE THE WALK
A LIFE-LESSON—TITLE
BUT HEAVEN HOLDS ALL FOR WHICH YOU SIGH
A HOME-MADE FAIRY-TALE—TITLE
A LITTLE DUDE-FAIRY
ENVOY

RILEY CHILD-RHYMES

LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE

[Illustration: They was two great big black things a-standin’ by her side]

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,

An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,

An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,

An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;

An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done,

We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun

A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,

An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you

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