Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RAGGEDY MAN ON CHILDREN, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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THE RAGGEDY MAN ON CHILDREN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Childern - take 'em as they
Last Line: Then be good ef they'd be good.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Children; Soul; Childhood


CHILDERN -- take 'em as they run --
You kin bet on, ev'ry one! --
Treat 'em right and reco'nize
Human souls is all one size.

Jevver think? -- the world's best men
Wears the same souls they had when
They run barefoot -- 'way back where
All these little children air.

Heerd a boy, not long ago,
Say his parents sassed him so,
He'd correct 'em, ef he could, --
Then be good ef they'd be good.





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