Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1

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Author: James Whitcomb Riley

The Same Old Story

The same old story told again—
The maiden droops her head,
The ripening glow of her crimson cheek
Is answering in her stead.
The pleading tone of a trembling voice
Is telling her the way
He loved her when his heart was young
In Youth’s sunshiny day:
The trembling tongue, the longing tone,
Imploringly ask why
They can not be as happy now
As in the days gone by.
And two more hearts, tumultuous
With overflowing joy,
Are dancing to the music
Which that dear, provoking boy
Is twanging on his bowstring,
As, fluttering his wings,
He sends his love-charged arrows
While merrily be sings:
"Ho! ho! my dainty maiden,
It surely can not be
You are thinking you are master
Of your heart, when it is me."
And another gleaming arrow
Does the little god’s behest,
And the dainty little maiden
Falls upon her lover’s breast.
"The same old story told again,"
And listened o’er and o’er,
Will still be new, and pleasing, too,
Till "Time shall be no more."

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Chicago: James Whitcomb Riley, "The Same Old Story," Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley—Volume 1 (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D337TRNTXVUYIZ2.

MLA: Riley, James Whitcomb. "The Same Old Story." Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley—Volume 1, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D337TRNTXVUYIZ2.

Harvard: Riley, JW, 'The Same Old Story' in Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley—Volume 1, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D337TRNTXVUYIZ2.