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Poem by James Whitcomb Riley


A Life Lesson


    THERE, little girldont cry!
  They have broken your doll, I know;
      And your tea-set blue,
      And your play-house, too,
  Are things of the long ago:
But childish troubles will soon pass by;
    There, little girldont cry!

    There, little girldont cry!
  They have broken your slate, I know;
      And the glad, wild ways
      Of your schoolgirl days
  Are things of the long ago:
But life and love will soon come by;
    There, little girldont cry!

    There, little girldont cry!
  They have broken your heart, I know;
      And the rainbow gleams
      Of your youthful dreams
  Are things of the long ago:
But heaven holds all for which you sigh;
    There, little girldont cry!



James Whitcomb Riley


James Whitcomb Riley's other poems:
  1. To My Old Friend, William Leachman
  2. The Clover
  3. My Fiddle
  4. Wortermelon Time
  5. My Philosofy


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