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Thread #166804   Message #4015246
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 I found a copy of a printed edition of the poem at 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.

(James Whitcomb Riley)

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
            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.