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