Old Man’s Nursery Rhyme by James Whitcomb Riley

I

In the jolly winters
Of the long-ago,
It was not so cold as now–
O! No! No!
Then, as I remember,
Snowballs to eat
Were as good as apples now.
And every bit as sweet!

II

In the jolly winters
Of the dead-and-gone,
Bub was warm as summer,
With his red mitts on,–
Just in his little waist-
And-pants all together,
Who ever hear him growl
About cold weather?

III

In the jolly winters
Of the long-ago–
Was it HALF so cold as now?
O! No! No!
Who caught his death o’ cold,
Making prints of men
Flat-backed in snow that now’s
Twice as cold again?

IV

In the jolly winters
Of the dead-and-gone,
Startin’ out rabbit-huntin’–
Early as the dawn,–
Who ever froze his fingers,
Ears, heels, or toes,–
Or’d ‘a’ cared if he had?
Nobody knows!

V

Nights by the kitchen-stove,
Shellin’ white and red
Corn in the skillet, and
Sleepin’ four abed!
Ah! the jolly winters
Of the long-ago!
We were not as old as now–
O! No! No!

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