Classic and Contemporary Poetry
TO EDGAR WILSON NYE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: O 'william,' in thy blithe companionship
Last Line: Only because thou jokest overwell.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Friendship; Happiness; Joy; Delight
O "WILLIAM," in thy blithe companionship
What liberty is mine -- what sweet release
From clamorous strife, and yet what boisterous peace!
Ho! ho! it is thy fancy's finger-tip
That dints the dimple now, and kinks the lip
That scarce may sing, in all this glad increase
Of merriment! So, pray-thee, do not cease
To cheer me thus; -- for, underneath the quip
Of thy droll sorcery, the wrangling fret
Of all distress is stilled -- no syllable
Of sorrow vexeth me -- no tear-drops wet
My teeming lids save those that leap to tell
Thee thou'st a guest that overweepeth, yet
Only because thou jokest overwell.
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