The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published: An Authentic Biography, an Elaborate Index and Numerous Illustrations in Color from Paintings - Vol. 5

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published: An Authentic Biography, an Elaborate Index and Numerous Illustrations in Color from Paintings - Vol. 5

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The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published: An Authentic Biography, an Elaborate Index and Numerous Illustrations in Color from Paintings - Vol. 5

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published: An Authentic Biography, an Elaborate Index and Numerous Illustrations in Color from Paintings - Vol. 5

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WHAT "OLD SANTA" OVERHEARD

'Tis said old Santa Claus one time Told this joke on himself in rime:

ONE Christmas in the early din

That ever leads the morning in,

I heard the happy children shout

In rapture at the toys turned out

Of bulging little socks and shoes--

A joy at which I could but choose

To listen enviously, because

I'm always just "Old Santa Claus."

But ere my rising sigh had got

To its first quaver of the thought,

It broke in laughter as I heard

A little voice chirp like a bird--

"Old Santa's mighty good, I know,

And awful rich--and he can go

Down ever' chimbly anywhere

In all the world!--But I don't care.

I wouldn't trade with him, and be

Old Santa Claus, and him be me,

Fer all his toys and things--and I

Know why and bet you he knows why!--

They wuz no Santa Claus when he

Wuz ist a little boy like me!"

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