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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
James Whitcomb Riley
 
        An’ all us other children, 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
        Ef you
            Don’t
                Watch
                    Out!
  1
        And the South Wind—he was dressed
With a ribbon round his breast
That floated, flapped, and fluttered
      In it riotous unrest
      And a drapery of mist
      From the shoulder to the wrist
Floating backward with the motion
      Of the waving hand he kissed.
  2
        And the sun had on a crown
Wrought of gilded thistledown,
  And a scarf of velvet vapor
And a raveled rainbow gown;
And his tinsel-tangled hair
Tossed and lost upon the air
  Was glossier and flossier
Than any anywhere.
  3
        Just the wee cot—the cricket’s chirr—
Love and the smiling face of her.
  4
        One naked star has waded through
  The purple shallows of the night,
And faltering as falls the dew
  It drips its misty light.
  5
  The ripest peach is highest on the tree.  6
 
 
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