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THE RAGGEDY MAN

James Whitcomb Riley

O The Raggedy Man!

He works fer Pa;
An’ he’s the goodest man ever you saw!
He comes to our house every day,
An’ waters the horses, an’ feeds’ em hay;
An’ he opens the shed-an’ we all ist laugh
When he drives out our little, old, wobble-ly calf;

An’ nen-ef our hired girl says he can-
He milks the cow fer ‘Lizabuth Ann-
Ain’t he a’ awful good Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

W’y, The Raggedy Man-he’s ist so good
He splits the kindlin’ an’ chops the wood;
An’ nen he spades in our garden, too,
An’ does most things ‘at boys can’t do-
He climbed clean up in our big tree
An’ shooked a’ apple down fer me-
An’ ‘nother’n,’ too, fer ‘Lizabuth Ann-
An’ ‘nother’n,’ too, fer The Raggedy Man-
Ain’t he a’ awful kind Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

An’ The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes
An’ tells ‘em, if I be good, sometimes:
Knows ‘bout Giunts, an’ Griffuns, an’ Elves,
An’ the Squidgicum Squees ‘at swallers therselves!
An’ wite by the pump in our pasture-lot,
He showed me the hole ‘at the Wunks is got,
‘At lives ‘way deep in the ground, ‘an can
Turn into me, er ‘Lizabuth Ann!
Er Ma, er Pa, er The Raggedy Man!
Ain’t he a funny old Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

The Raggedy Man-one time when he
Wuz makin’ a little bow-’n’-orry fer me,
Says, “When you’re big like your Pa is,
Air you go’ to keep a fine store like his-
An’ be a rich merchunt-an’ wear fine clothes?-
Er what air you go’ to be, goodness know!”
An’ nen he laughed at ‘Lizabuth Ann,
An’ I says “ ‘M go’ to be a Raggedy Man!-
I’m ist go’ to be a nice Raggedy Man!’
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

 

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