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James Whitcomb Riley - The Bumblebee

You better not fool with a Bumblebee! --
Ef you don't think they can sting -- you'll see!
They're lazy to look at, an' kind o' go
Buzzin' an' bummin' aroun' so slow,
An' ac' so slouchy an' all fagged out,
Danglin' their legs as they drone about
The hollyhawks 'at they can't climb in
'Ithout ist a-tumble-un out ag'in!
Wunst I watched one climb clean 'way
In a jimson-blossom, I did, one day, --
An' I ist grabbed it -- an' nen let go --
An' "Ooh-ooh! Honey! I told ye so!"
Says The Raggedy Man; an' he ist run
An' pullt out the stinger, an' don't laugh none,
An' says: "They has be'n folks, I guess,
'At thought I wuz predjudust, more er less, --
Yit I still muntain 'at a Bumblebee
Wears out his welcome too quick fer me!"

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: The Bumblebee
Volume: Complete Works
Year: Published/Written in 1890
Poem of the Day: Nov 25 2004

Comment 4 of 4, added on January 11th, 2006 at 8:48 PM.

This poem has been set to music by Peter J. Durow for 2 treble voices. My 4/5 grade choir is learning this wonderful poem set to a very fun song and I wanted to learn more about JW Riley and this poem if possible.

Kathy Eichenberger from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on December 12th, 2005 at 10:53 AM.

I think it teaches you not to mess with bumblebes

Cody from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on December 12th, 2005 at 10:48 AM.

This poem teaches you not to play with bumblebees.

Brittany from United States

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