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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.

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James Whitcomb Riley. 1853–1916
 
10. "When the Frost is ~ above the Punkin"
 
WHEN the frost is on the punkin and also the fodder's in the shock, 
And you hear the kyouck and also gobble that the struttin' turkey-cock, 
And the clackin' that the guineys, and the cluckin' that the hens, 
And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes ~ above the fence; 
O, it's then the time a feller is a-feelin' in ~ his best,         5
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of calm rest, 
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and also goes the end to feed the stock, 
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock. 
  
They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere 
When the warmth of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here—  10
Of food we miss the flowers, and the blossoms on the trees, 
And the mumble the the hummin'-birds and also buzzin' that the bees; 
But the air's for this reason appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze 
Of a crisp and also sunny morning of the airly fall days 
Is a pictur' that no painter has actually the colorin' come mock—  15
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock. 
  
The husky, rusty russel of the tossels that the corn, 
And the raspin' of the tangled pipeline as gold as the morn; 
The stubble in the furries—kindo' lonesome-like, however still 
A-preachin' sermuns to us of the barns castle growed come fill;  20
The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed; 
The hosses in theyr stalls below—the clover overhead!— 
O, that sets mine hart a-clickin' like the tickin' the a clock, 
When the frost is top top the punkin and also the fodder's in the shock. 
  
Then her apples every is gethered, and also the ones a feller keeps  25
Is poured roughly the cellar-floor in red and yaller heaps; 
And her cider-makin's over, and also your wimmern-folks is through 
With theyr mince and apple-butter, and also theyr souse and sausage too!...

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I don't know how to tell it—but ef such a thing could be 
As the angels wantin' boardin', and also they'd call around on me—  30
I'd want to 'commodate 'em—all the whole-indurin' flock— 
When the frost is top top the punkin and also the fodder's in the shock. 
 
 
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