Saturday, June 21, 2014

Darling Dilliki Dolliki Dinah

Phrases from one of the poems that I memorized as a child were flitting through my mind this morning.  My most favorite book was the volume on poetry and legends in the orange Childcraft books.  Whether it is the rhythm, or the words, rhyming or story, I loved it.  So let me share:

A Ballad Of China
Laura E. Richards
Her Name was Dilliki Dolliki Dinah;
Niece she was to the Empress of China;
Fair she was as a morning in May,
When Hy Kokolorum stole her away.
Hy was a wizard, I’d have you know;
Wicked as weasels and black as a crow;
Lived in castle a-top a hill;
Had a panther whose name was Bill;
Used to ride him around and around,
Creeping and peeping close to the ground;
Working mischief wherever he could;
Nothing about him in any way good!
Saw the maiden one midsummer morn,
(sweetest creature that ever was born!),
Creeped and peeped in his wizardly way,
Catched her and snatched her and stole her away!
All through China arose a cry:
“Some one has stolen out Dilliki Di!”
People gathered in every forum,
Crying, “It must be Hy Kokolorum!”
All the Barons in China land,
Ling the lofty and Bing the Bland,
Kong the Kingly and Bond the brave,
Vowed a vow to find and save
Darling Dilliki Dolliki Dinah
(niece you know to the empress of China;
Fair you know as a morning in May),
Whom Hy Kokolorum had stolen away.
Now in a kingly, ringly row,
Round and about the hill they go,
Ling the lofty, Bing the bland,
Kong and Bong, and there they stand,
Weaving a weird and spinning a spell,
All with intent to quash and quell
Hy Kokolorum, worker of woe,
Wicked as weasels and black as a crow.
Dilliki Dinah was weeping her fill,
When stepped up softly the panther Bill;
Whispered,” If you will give me a kiss,
I’ll turn your sorrow into bubbling bliss!”
She, to animals always kind,
Said,” No! Really? Well, I don’t mind!”
Dropped a kiss on his nose so pink,
And goodness gracious! what do you think?
He turned into a beautiful Golden King,
Crown and scepter and everything!
Ran the old wizard through and through,
Saying, ” Now there is an end of you!”
Caught the maiden up in his arms,
Broke through the net of spells and charms,
Cried to the barons Bold and Brave,
“I’ve had the honor to find and save
Darling Dilliki Dolliki Dinah
Niece (I learn) to the Empress of China,
Fair (I swear) as a morning in May
And she is my queen to this very day!”

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