LibriVox volunteers bring you 19 recordings of A Parting Guest by James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916). This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 15 – May 22nd, 2011.
James Whitcomb Riley was an American writer, poet, and best selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the Hoosier Poet and Children’s Poet for his dialect works and his children’s poetry respectively. His poems tended to be humorous or sentimental, and of the approximately one thousand poems that Riley authored, over half are in dialect. His famous works include “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Raggedy Man”. (summary from Wkipedia)
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A Parting Guest
What delightful hosts are they—
Life and Love!
Lingeringly I turn away,
This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
Their high hospitality.
So, with face lit with delight
And all gratitude, I stay
Yet to press their hands and say,
“Thanks.—So fine a time! Good night.”
This week’s poem can be found here.