Love Poem's by Johnny

  Riley Love-Lyrics, by John Whitcomb Riley 1905 edition

Riley Love-Lyrics, by John Whitcomb Riley 1905 edition

While moving some books around I spotted a ribbon peaking out between the pages of "Riley Love Lyrics", by JamesWhitcomb Riley. A book that belonged to my Grandmother. Knowing my Grandmother's passion for poetry, I was curious to see what she had marked. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Grandma Vera

Grandma Vera

The title page seemed to reflect the spirit of the book. My Grandmother was a romantic at heart. 

"To the Elect of Love, or side-by-side

In raptest ecstasy, or sundered wide

By seas that bear no message to or fro

Between the loved and lost of long ago" 

 

Turning to the page marked by the ribbon I came to a poem entitled "When Lide Married Him". I thought this was sweet and probably a reflection of her feelings for my Grandfather. 

WHEN LIDE MARRIED HIM

When Lide married him -- w'y she had to res dee-fy

he whole population! --But she never bat' an eye!

Her parents begged and threatened--she must give him up--that he

iz jes "a common drunkard!"--and he wiz, appearantly.--

Swore the'd chase him off the place

Ef he ever showed his face--

ong after she'd eloped with him and married him for shore!

When Lide married him, it wiz "Katy, bar the door!"

 

When Lide married him--Well! She had to go and be

A hired girl in town somewhere--while he tromped round to see

What he could git the he ould do--you might say, jes sawed wood

From door to door! --that's what he done--'cause that wiz best he could!

And the strangest thing i jing!

iz, he didn't drink a thing,--

ut jeez got down to business, like he someway wanted to,

When Lide married him, like they warned her not to do!

 

When Lide married him--er, rather, had ben married

little upwards of a year--some feller come and carried

that hired girl way with him--a rather stylish feller

In a bran-new green spring-wagon, with the wheels striped red and yellar:

 

And he whispered, as they driv

ords the country, "Now we'll live!"--

And somepin' else  she laughed to hear, though both her eyes wiz dim,

'Bout "trustin' Love and Heav'n above, sense Lide married him!"

 

 Grandpa Howard and his   "bran-new green-spring wagon, with the wheels striped red and yeller."

Grandpa Howard and his "bran-new green-spring wagon, with the wheels striped red and yeller."

I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. 

 

 Grandma and Grandpa Swinford circa 1931    And he whispered, as they  driv  t    ords the country, "Now we'll live!"--

Grandma and Grandpa Swinford circa 1931

And he whispered, as they driv tords the country, "Now we'll live!"--

Dr. Johnny L❤️VE