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“Rash youth, that wouldst yon channel pass
Must be impassion'd.”
To see my mother.”
“ And so thou shalt,” Napoleon said;
So brave a son.”
He gave the tar a piece of gold,
And safely landed.
Our sailor oft could scantly shift
1. In what light did the poet love to contemplate Napoleon ?
2. What is meant by his homicidal glory?
3. What freedom was our captive tar allowed ?
4. How far to Boulogne from Dover ? 5. Why, think you, would he watch the birds flying to England ?
6. Explain midnight watch.
7. What saw he floating towards him one morning ?
8. What did he make from the large cask?
9. State what his wretched wherry was deficient in.
10. To whom was the story told ?
11. What was Napoleon's usual attitude?
12. What did the Emperor think must have caused the sailor to make such a rash attempt ?
13. Give the exact words of the sailor's reply.
14. Repeat Buonaparte's reply to the tar.
15. Tell me how the sailor's mother had won Napoleon's favour.
16. How was the sailor's filial affection rewarded ?
17. How greatly did the sailor value the coin?
THE SAILOR'S MOTHER.
WORDSWORTH. Prime, adj. (L. primus). Dig'ni-ty, n. (L. dignus). Ma'tron, n. (L. mater).
Pro-tect’, part. (L. tectum, see tego).
Majestic in her person, tall and straight;
The ancient spirit is not dead, -
She begg'd an alms, like one in poor estate ;
When from these lofty thoughts I woke,
She answer'd, soon as she the question heard,
And, thus continuing, she said,
And I have travell'd weary miles to see
“ The bird and cage they both were his :
When last he sail'd, he left the bird behind;
“ He to a fellow-lodger's care
And now, God help me for my little wit!
1. On what kind of morning did the poet meet the old woman?
2. Describe her appearance.
3. What thoughts were suggested by her appearance and manner?
4. What lofty thoughts are meant in Verse 3rd ?
5. What did the old woman carry beneath her cloak ?
6. What was her son, and where was he lost?
7. What had been the object of his mother's present jonrney?
8. With whom had the lad left the bird ?
9. What, did the mother say, might make him leave it behind ?
10. Why did she prize the bird so much, and carry it with her ?
DANGERS OF THE DEÉP.
SOUTHEY. Per'il-ous, adj. (L. periculum). In-cum'bent, adj. (L. in, cubo). A-vail', v. (L. ad, valeo).
Mar'i-ner, n. (L. mare).
And pause at times, and feel that we are safe ;
THE OLD CLOCK ON THE STAIRS.
L'éternité est une pendule, dont de balancier dit et redit sans ces cesse deux mots seulement, dans le silence des tombeaux: "Toujours! jamais! Jamais! toujours !". Taques Bridaine.
SOMEWHAT back from the village street
By day its voice is low and light;
Through days of sorrow and of mirth,
Through every swift vicissitude
In that mansion used to be
There groups of merry children play'd,
From that chamber, clothed in white,
THE BLIND MOTHER.
N. P. WILLIS.
Gently, and do not fear;
The green leaves as we pass
And the low forest grass
And nature is all bright;
And evening's dewy light
And the kind looks of friends
And the tall stripling bends
But thou canst hear-and love
A daughter's love may prove; And while I speak thou knowest if I smile, Albeit thou dost not see my face the while.
Yes—thou canst hear—and He Who on thy sightless eye its darkness hung, To the attentive ear like harps hath strung
Heaven, and earth, and sea! And 'tis a lesson in our hearts to know,
With but one sense the soul may overflow! 1. Why does the daughter caution her 10. In what kind of tones are feelings mother to walk softly now?
of love and affection generally uttered ? 2. What is here said of the green leaves ? 11. What in the daughter's voice be3. What is said of the hazel?
trays her love for her mother? 4. What of the forest grass?
12. Wherefo does the daughter repeat 5. What of the morning light and of the these words, “thou canst hear"? evening light?
13. In what is God here shown to be 6. Wherefore does the daughter grieve good to the blind? amidst these beauties of nature ?
14. Name the five senses. 7. How do the blind mother's friends 15. How should those feel who possess show their sympathy?
all their external senses ? 8. How does the child that meets her act? 16. How should we ever act towards 9. How does the stripling act ?