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I roam the world,
And surely every one
My voice has heard,
Since first the world began;
Yet never one,
By star or moon or sun,
My form has seen—
Nor child, nor oldest man.
Explanation: We’ve all heard the wind, but we’ve never seen it.
All summer long they stay, high up,
Each safe within its own green cup;
Then Jack Frost turns them golden brown,
And sends them rattling dancing down;
While boys and girls, and squirrels, too,
Hunt all the lady hollows through —
And Grandpa says, a smiling slow,
Explanation: The reference to squirrels is probably the most telling aspect of this riddle.
Without beginning, without end,
Howe’er I go, I always bend;
Where’er I go, companions nine,
One, two, or more, are often mine:
And less am I than e’en the least,
Yet, one and all, they are increased
Ten-fold if I beside them stand,
The humblest one of all the band!
Explanation: The number zero, much like a ring, has no beginning or end. Put a 0 next to any number and it increases ten-fold (0 besides 2 become 20).
They go in pairs, like gloves and hose,
Yet have no fingers and no toes;
And, ‘most as bad, whatever comes,
Alas, “their fingers are all thumbs!”
Explanation: They’re mittens, what more can I say?
What day is least of all the days,
And why the least, for works and plays—
The day of all the months and years
With fewest smiles and fewest tears?
Answer: February 29
Explanation: February 29 only occurs during leap years, approximately every four years. Therefore, February 29 is the least of all the days.
By roadside wild, or garden path,
Alike I gladly grow;
By cottage door, or palace gate,
In yellow, white and red I blow.
Though I a country child make glad,
Or some great queen adorn,
I send my fragrance freely forth,
But guard my beauty with a thorn.
Explanation: The giveaway for this riddle has to be “guard my beauty with a thorn.” Ouch!
I have no wings,
And yet I fly,
With just a tail,
Up in the sky.
And when you try
To pull me low,
The higher up
I try to go.
But when you let
Me have my way,
I fall to earth,
And there I stay.
Explanation: It’s got a tail but now wings. It will certainly fly if the wind lends a hand.
The above riddles are included in Charles Stuart Pratt’s Riddle-Rhymes, which was published in 1905. Score a free complete copy of Riddle-Rhymes by visiting Google Books.