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Rebel host, the South. ern or Confederata Army.
45 All day long the free flag tossed
Over the heads of the rebel host;*
; And through the hill-gaps sunset light 50 Shone over it th a warm good-night
Barbara Fritchie's work is o'er,
Fall, for her sake, on Stonewall’s bier !* 55 Over Barbara Fritchie's grave,
Flag of Freedom and Union, wave !
And ever the stars above look down
Raid, invasion, expedition.
Bier, a carriage or frame of wood, for bearing the dead to the grave.
Symbol, emblem, sign.
and is remarkable for its beautiful flowers
THE STAR AND THE WATER-LILY.-0. W. Holmes. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES (1809- ) was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. He is a doctor of medicine, and a professor at Harvard College. Among his chief works may be mentioned The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. THE Sun stepped* down from his golden throne, The sun stepped, &c.,
And lay in the silent sea, And the Lily * had folded her satin leaves, Lily, a water-lily is a
water plant like a lily, For a sleepy thing was she ; 5 What is the Lily dreaming of ? Why crisp the waters blue ?
and large floating See, see, she is lifting her varnished lid !
Her white leaves are glistening * through i Glistening, shining. The Rose is cooling his burning cheek
In the lap of the breathless tide ;
That would lie by the Rose's side;
And he would be fond and true ; 15 But the Lily unfolded her weary lids
And looked at the sky so blue. Remember, remember, thou silly one, How fast will thy summer glide, *
Glide, pass by And wilt thou wither a virgin pale,
Or flourish a blooming bride ?
Ruffle, to make rough add stormy.
“Oh, the Rose is old, and thorny, and cold,
And he lives on earth,” said she;
And he shall my bridegroom be.”
And ruffle * the silver sea ?
To smile on a thing like thee?
30 The winds shall blow and the waves shall flow,
And thou wilt be left alone.
Nor a drop of evening dew,
Nor a pearl in the waters blue,
And warmed with his faithless beam-
40 Alas, for the Lily ! she would not heed, *
But turned to the skies afar,
That shot from the rising Star ;
And over the waters wide ;
And sank in the stormy tide.
Heed, pay attention,
THE PARTING OF MARMION AND DOUGLAS.-Scott.
“Though something I might plain," * he said, Beneath, &c., written
by the king, and hav. “Of cold respect to stranger guest,
ing his seal affixed to 15 Sent hither by your king's behest,
it. While in Tantallon's * towers I stayed,
Douglas, Earl of Part we in friendship from your land,
Augus, was remark. And, noble earl, receive *
able for his strength
of body an mind. But Douglas round him drew his cloak,
Clara, an English 20 Folded his arms, and thus he spoke :
heiress, whose hand
Marmion had sought “My manors, halls, and bowers, shall still
in marriage, but had Be open, at my sovereign's will,
unsuccessful. To each one whom he lists,* howe'er
He had tried to ruin Unmeet * to be the owner's peer :
her lover, De Wilton,
but had failed in this 25 My castles are my king's alone,
also. From turret* to foundation * stone ;
Palfrey, a small
horse for a lady. The hand of Douglas is his own,
His prey is flown, De And never shall in friendly grasp
Wilton, who, in the The hand of such as Marmion clasp.".
disguise of a pilgrim from the Holy Land,
had guided Lord Mar30 Burned Marmion's swarthy * cheek like fire,
mion in Scotland, had
left the castle at dayAnd shook his very frame for ire,*
break. And_6 This to me!” he said
Adieu, farewell. “ An 'twere not for thy hoary * beard,
Behest, command. Such hand as Marmion's had not spared Tantallon, the castle 35 To cleave * the Douglas' head !
of Douglas on the
coast of East Lothian. And, first, I tell thee, haughty * peer,
He lists, he pleases
or chooses. Although the meanest * in her state,
Unmeet, unworthy. May well, proud Angus, be thy maté!
Peer, an equal.
Turret, a tower on a 40 And, Douglas, more I tell thee here,
building. Even in thy pitch of pride,
Foundation, baseHere in thy hold, thy vassals * near,
Swarthy, tawny,dark. (Nay, never look upon your lord,
Ire, wrath. And lay your hands upon your sword),-- Hoary, white or grey 45 I tell thee thou'rt defied !
Cleave, to split.
lowliest. Lowland or Highland, far or near,
Vassal, one who holds Lord Angus, thou hast lied !”.
lands from, and pays 50 On the earl's cheek the flush of rage
homage to a superior. O’ercame the ashen hue* of age. [then, Ashen hue, pale in
Vardler, a watchman, The Douglas in his hall ?
Portcullis, a sliding 55 And hop'st thou hence unscathed * to go ?
door of cross timbers
pointed with iron, No! by Saint Bride of Bothwell, no !
hung over a gateway Up drawbridge, grooms !--what, warder,* ho ! so as to be let dowa Let the portcullis * fall."
in a moment to keef out an enemy.
Lord Marmion turned,well was his need,
THE CLOUD.-Shelley. PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792–1822) was an English poet of great genius, and a man of very pure life and loving nature ; but it was not till after his death that he received the high place which he now holds among the poets. Chief works : The Cenci, and odes to The Cloud, and The Skylark.
I BRING fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
In their noon-day dreams;
The sweet buds every one, Mother's breast, the When rocked to rest on their mother's breast, * earth's surface, which is the parent of all
As she dances * about the sun. plants.
I wield the flail of the lashing * hail,
IO motion of the earth round the sun. And then again I dissolve * it in rain, Lashing, scourging, And laugh as I pass
in thunder. dashing against. Dissolve, melt.
I sift the snow on the mountains below,
And their great pines groan aghast;
15 While I sleep in the arms of the blast, Sublime, imposing, Sublime on the towers of my skyey bowers, very grand. Fettered, fastened Lightning, my pilot, sits; down.
Iu a cavern under is fettered * the thunder-
It struggles and howls by fits.* ticed.
Over earth and ocean, with gentle motion, Genii, spirits, super- This pilot is guiding me, natural beings. The
Lured * by the love of the Genii * that move every person
In the depths of the purple sea own par. Over the rilis * and the crags * and the hills, ticular genius
25 guardian spirit.
Over the lakes and the plains, Rill
, a small murmur- Wherever he dream, under mountain or stream, ing brook, a streamlet.
The spirit he loves remains ; Crag, a rough, steep And I, all the while, bask * in heaven's blue rock.
smile, Bask, to lie in the sunshine. Whilst he is dissolving in rains.
The sanguine* sunrise, with his meteor* eyes, Sanguine, blood-red;
it also means being
Meteor, flashing, like
star. 35 As on the jag of a mountain crag,
Leaps on the back, Which an earthquake * rocks and swings, rises above the back An eagle, alit, one moment may sit,
of the clouds. In the light of its golden wings.
Rack, thin, broken
clouds drifting across And when sunset may breathe, from the lit the sky. sea beneath,
planet Venus, when 40 Its ardours * of rest and love,
it rises before the sun, And the crimson pall of eve may fall
and shines in the
morning. From the depth of heaven above,
Barthquake, a With wings folded I rest, on mine airy nest, vulsion or shaking of As still as a brooding dove.
Ardour, warmth of 45 That orbed * inaiden, with white fire laden, passion or feeling ; Whom mortals call the moon,
Orbèd, in the form of Glides glimmering o'er my fleece-like floor, an orb or sphere;
circular. By the midnight breezes strewn;
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet, 50
Which only the angels hear,
threads woven into roof,
and crossing The stars peep behind her and peer ; warp, which extends And I laugh to see them whirl * and flee,
Whirl, to turn round Like a swarm of golden bees,
very rapidly. 55 When I widen the rent in my wind-built tent,
Till the calm rivers, lakes, and seas,
sun's Are each paved with the moon and these.
throne, &c., here an
allusion is made to I bind the sun's throne* with a burning zone, the filame-like 60 And the moon's * with a girdle of pearl ; pearance The volcanoes* are dim, and the stars reel and tipped clouds.
And the moon's, &c. swim,
By moonlight,' the When the whirlwinds * my banner unfurl.* edges of the clouds
present a mellow, From cape to cape, with a bridge-like shape,
pearl - like
appearOver a torrent sea,
Volcano, a mountain 65 Sunbeam-proof, I hang like a roof : I
from which smoke, The mountains its columns be.
flame, lava, &c., are
Whirlwind, a violent When the powers of the air are chained to my Unfurl, unfold, chair
The triumphal arche
the rainbow. 70 Is the million-coloured bow;
Hurricane, a temThe sphere-fire * above its soft colours wove,
The sphere-fire, the While the moist earth was laughing below.