Classic and Contemporary Poetry
YE SCHOLAR, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: Ho! Ho! Ye scholar recketh not
Last Line: And pour our laughter out most tenderly.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Books; Learning; Scholarship & Scholars; Reading
HO! ho! Ye Scholar recketh not how lean
His lank frame waxeth in ye hectic gloom
That smeareth o'er ye dim walls of his room
His wavering shadow! Shut is he, I ween,
Like as a withered nosegay, in between
Ye musty, mildewed leaves of some volume
Of ancient lore ye moth and he consume
In jointure. Yet a something in his mien
Forbids all mockery, though quaint is he,
And eke fantastical in form and face
As that Old Knight ye Tale of Chivalry
Made mad immortally, yet spared y grace
Of some rare virtue which we sigh to see,
And pour our laughter out most tenderly.
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