The Maturity Of James Whitcomb Riley Volume 2; Fortune's Way With The Poet In The Prime Of Life And…

Paperback | May 19, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...Smith, gave me a warm, full-chested welcome. He belonged to the Old Settlers' Association, and knew the history of families in that region from the time their neighbors were reptiles, wolves and Indians. He was a jovial, whole-souled man. He lived solely for the benefit of others. His largeness of heart was not bounded by Carroll County. In our Spanish War it reached to the hospitals and battle-fields of Cuba." Riley chants the praise of his "Delphian Oracle" in his poem, "From Delphi to Camden"--a ride with his friend on a rainy night: "While the master and commander--the brave knight he galloped with On his reckless ride to ruin or to fame was--Dr. Smith." The reckless ride suggested or rather awakened out of memory another poem, "Billy Could Ride." Substitute Riley for Billy and the reader has a picture of a Greenfield incident in the Grant and Colfax campaign, when Riley and other young men rode behind a slow three-mile "delegation" on the old National Road,--when he, in a fit of impatience on a prancing chestnut mare, whipped suddenly forward into town: "And to see him dashing out of the line At the edge of the road and down the side Of the long procession, all laws defied, And the fife and drums, was a sight divine To the girls, in their white-and-spangled pride, Wearily waving their scarfs about In the great 'Big Wagon,' all gilt without And jolt within, as they lumbered on Into the town where Billy had gone An hour ahead, like a knightly guide--0 but the way that Billy could ride I" While riding with the Doctor at another time, Riley called one evening at the quaint home of a German farmer, whose garden and orchard, late that night, blossomed in "Herr Weiser," the initial poe...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...Smith, gave me a warm, full-chested welcome. He belonged to the Old Settlers' Association, and knew the history of families in t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217762301

ISBN - 13:9780217762304

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