James Whitcomb Riley

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

When Lide Married _Him_ - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

When Lide married _him_--w'y, she had to jes dee-fy
The whole poppilation!--But she never bat' an eye!
Her parents begged, and _threatened_--she must give him up--that _he_
Wuz jes 'a common drunkard!'--And he _wuz_, appearantly.--
Swore they'd chase him off the place
Ef he ever showed his face--
Long after she'd _eloped_ with him and _married_ him fer shore!--
When Lide married _him_, it wuz '_Katy, bar the door!_'

When Lide married _him_--Well! she had to go and be
A _hired girl_ in town somewheres--while he tromped round to see
What _he_ could git that _he_ could do,--you might say, jes sawed wood
From door to door!--that's what he done--'cause that wuz best he could!
And the strangest thing, i jing!
Wuz, he didn't _drink_ a thing,--
But jes got down to bizness, like he someway _wanted_ to,
When Lide married him, like they warned her _not_ to do!

When Lide married _him_--er, ruther, _had_ ben married
A little up'ards of a year--some feller come and carried
That _hired girl_ away with him--a ruther _stylish_ feller
In a bran-new green spring-wagon, with the wheels striped red and yeller:
And he whispered, as they driv
Tords the country, '_Now we'll live!_'--
And _somepin' else_ she _laughed_ to hear, though both her eyes wuz dim,
'Bout '_trustin' Love and Heav'n above_, sence Lide married _him_!'


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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