Classic and Contemporary Poetry
SAD PERVERSITY, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: When but a little boy, it seemed
Last Line: I am a little boy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Boys; Dreams; Nightmares
WHEN but a little boy, it seemed
My dearest rapture ran
In fancy ever, when I dreamed
I was a man -- a man!
Now -- sad perversity! -- my theme
Of rarest, purest joy
Is when, in fancy blest, I dream
I am a little boy.
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