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James Whitcomb Riley - Our Hired Girl

Our hired girl, she's 'Lizabuth Ann;
An' she can cook best things to eat!
She ist puts dough in our pie-pan,
An' pours in somepin' 'at's good an' sweet;
An' nen she salts it all on top
With cinnamon; an' nen she'll stop
An' stoop an' slide it, ist as slow,
In th' old cook-stove, so's 'twon't slop
An' git all spilled; nen bakes it, so
It's custard-pie, first thing you know!
An' nen she'll say,
"Clear out o' my way!
They's time fer work, an' time fer play!
Take yer dough, an' run, child, run!
Er I cain't git no cookin' done!"
When our hired girl 'tends like she's mad,
An' says folks got to walk the chalk
When she's around, er wisht they had!
I play out on our porch an' talk
To Th' Raggedy Man 'at mows our lawn;
An' he says, "Whew!" an' nen leans on
His old crook-scythe, and blinks his eyes,
An' sniffs all 'round an' says, "I swawn!
Ef my old nose don't tell me lies,
It 'pears like I smell custard-pies!"
An' nen he'll say,
"Clear out o' my way!
They's time fer work, an' time fer play!
Take yer dough, an' run, child, run!
Er she cain't git no cookin' done!"
Wunst our hired girl, when she
Got the supper, an' we all et,
An' it wuz night, an' Ma an' me
An' Pa went wher' the "Social" met,--
An' nen when we come home, an' see
A light in the kitchen door, an' we
Heerd a maccordeun, Pa says, "Lan'--
O'-Gracious! who can her beau be?"
An' I marched in, an' 'Lizabuth Ann
Wuz parchin' corn fer The Raggedy Man!
Better say,
"Clear out o' the way!
They's time fer work, an' time fer play!
Take the hint, an' run, child, run!
Er we cain't git no courtin' done!"

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: Our Hired Girl
Volume: Complete Works
Year: Published/Written in 1916

Comment 2 of 2, added on May 31st, 2013 at 9:25 PM.

First I want to copy EO and say "the esecnse of esecnse" and next I want to nick "alchemy" off of the watercats.Lovely poem of constant movement forwards, and really liked Distilled... be-thrilled... be-spilled. Great words in the right places - what more can I say?!

Ana from Brazil
Comment 1 of 2, added on June 20th, 2005 at 9:01 PM.

The raggedy man and lizabuth ann have been my favorite "people" for the last 57 of my 61 years. What a pleasure to find them "courtin". Both poems I have passed down to my children and graqndchildren. Most love both poems a few scared of the goblins tho.

carolyn from United States

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