James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

Company Manners Poem by James Whitcomb Riley


When Bess gave her Dollies a Tea, said she,--
'It's unpolite, when they's Company,
To say you've drinked _two_ cups, you see,--
But say you've drinked _a couple_ of tea.'

Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

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