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Posted By: Joe Offer
24-Oct-19 - 06:51 PM
Thread Name: Poetry: Little orphant Annie - roundabout or
Subject: ADD Little Orphant Annie (Riley - poetry)
I wasn't completely sure of the accuracy of the text I posted above from poets.org. I found a copy of a printed edition of the poem at archive.org. It's identical to the piece posted above, except that it has an introduction. It's in a collection of Riley poems in a book titled Ef You Don't Watch Out, by James Whitcomb Riley, published by Bobbs-Merrill, copyright by Riley 1892. Apparently printed in 1908.

LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE
(James Whitcomb Riley)

Introduction:
LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE she knows riddles, rhymes and things!
    Knows 'bout the witches 'at rides brooms, an' Imps 'at flies with wings.
The same as bats er lightnin'-bugs! - An' knows about Ring-mo-rees
    'At thist can take an' turn theirselves in anything they please!
"An' childrens all, both great an' small," she says, an' rolls her eyes
    When we're a-listenin', all so still, "you needen' be surprise'
Ef right this livin minut' - 'fore ye knows they's one about -
    'At the GOBBELE-UNS'll get ye -
        Ef you
            Don't
            Watch out!"


This poem is in the public domain.

Other Riley poems in the book:...that's all. And by the way, the illustrations in this book are great.