7 October – James Whitcomb Riley

by amandasword

James Whitcomb Riley – poet

A LIFE-LESSON

There! little girl; don’t cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
But childish troubles will soon pass by. –
There! little girl; don’t cry!

There! little girl; don’t cry!
They have broken your slate, I know;
And the glad, wild ways
Of your schoolgirl days
Are things of the long ago;
But life and love will soon come by. –
There! little girl; don’t cry!

There! little girl; don’t cry!
They have broken your heart I know;
And the rainbow gleams
Of your youthful dreams
Are things of the long ago;
But Heaven holds all for which you sigh. –
There! little girl; don’t cry!

James Whitcomb Riley
(7 October 1849 – 22 July 1916)
American writer, poet and best-selling author
Known as the ‘Hoosier Poet’ for his dialect works and as ‘Children’s Poet’

From poemhunter.com

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