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how battles were

A man he was to all the country dear,

Passing, exceed. 50 And passing * rich with forty pounds a year ; ingly.

Remote * from towns he ran his godly race, Forty pounds a
Nor e'er had changed, nor wished to change, his year was the ac,

Unskilful he to fawn,* or seek for power,


poet's father, By doctrines fashioned to the varying,

Remote, at a dis55 Far other * aims his heart had learned to prize, tance, removed. More bent * to raise the wretched, than to rise.

Fawn, to court

favour, to flatter. His house was known to all the vagrant * train ; Far other, He chid * their wanderings, but relieved their different.

Bent, inclined. pain.

Vagrant, begThe long-remembered beggar was his guest, ging, wandering, 60 Whose beard descending swept his aged breast;

Chid, reproved,
The ruined spendthrift,* now no longer proud,
Claimed kindred there, and had his claim

allowed ; Spendthrift, one The broken soldier,* kindly bade to stay,

property. by his fire and talked the night away,

soldier, 65 Wept o'er his wounds, or, tales of sorrow done,

crippled in war. Shouldered his crutch, and showed * how fields

Showed, &c., went were won !

through a mimic Pleased with his guests, the good man learned to charge to show glow, *

fought and won. And quite forgot their vices, in their woe; Glow, to Careless their merits or their faults to scan, *

warm with kindly 70 His pity gave, ere charity began.

Scan, to examine
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,

And e'en his failings leaned to virtue's side ;
But, in his duty prompt* at every call,

Prompt, &c., alHe watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all : asked or called 75 And, as a bird each fond endearment tries

upon to help the
To tempt her new-fledged offspring to the skies,
He tried each art, reproved each dull delay,
Allured * to brighter worlds, and led the way.

Allured, enticed, Beside the bed where parting life was laid, 80 And sorrow, guilt, and pain, by turns dismayed,

Reverend, desery.

ing respect.
The reverend * champion stood. At his control, Came down, grace
Despair and anguish fled the struggling soul ; of repentance
Comfort came down * the trembling wretch to


Double sway, this And his last faltering accents whispered praise.

practised 85 At church, with meek and unaffected grace, he preached. He His looks adorned the venerable place;

taught both by Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway;

ample. And fools, who came to scoff,* remained to pray. Scoff, to jeer, to The service past, around the pious man,

make game of.

Rustic, a country. 90 With ready zeal, each honest rustic * ran;



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Wile, a sly trick. Even children followed with endearing wile, **

And plucked his gown, to share the good 'man's

smile :
His ready smile a parent's warmth expressed,
Their welfare pleased him, and their cares dis-

To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given, 95

But all his serious thoughts had rest in heaven : Clif, rock,

As some tall cliff,* that lifts its awful * form, Arful, producing Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the wonder, awe, or


Though round its breast the rolling clouds are Eternal, unbro

spread, ken, perpetual, never-ending. Eternal * sunshine settles on its head. Yon, yonder.

Beside yon * straggling * fence that skirts the Straggling, irre. gular, not

way, evenly.

With blossomed furze * unprofitably gay, Furze, a prickly There, in his noisy mansio

skilled to rule,
evergreen plant
with yellow

The village master taught his little school.
A man severe he was, and stern to view ;

105 Boding, knowing

I knew him well, and every truant knew ; was to happen. Well had the boding * tremblers learned to trace Counterfeited,

The day's disasters in his morning face : pretended. Conveyed, &c., Full well they laughed with counterfeited * glee the bad news was At all his jokes, for many a joke had he : whispered from

Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Cipher, here is Conveyed * the dismal tidings when he frowned. meant'the use of Yet he was kind, or if severe in aught, figures, or practice of arithmetic.

The love he bore to learning was in fault; Presage, to calcu. The village all declared how much he knew 115

'Twas certain he could write and cipher* too; Gauge, to measure the contents Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage, of any vessel.

And e'en the story ran that he could gauge. Vanquished, de

In arguing, too, the parson owned his skill, They gazed, &c., For e'en though vanquished," he could argue still ; 120 the more they While words of learned length and thundering heard, the more they wondered. sound

very spot, Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around : &c., the place

And still they gazed,* and still the wonder grew occasions he was That one small head should carry all he knew. victorious in de But past is all his fame. The very spot * 125

Where many a time he triumphed is forgot.

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YOUTH AND AGE.-Coleridge. SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834) was the son of a Devonshire clergyman, and was educated at Christ's Hospital and Cambridge. He was strongiy influenced in his poetry by his philosophical studies, and had an intellect of extraordinary range. Chief poems: Genevieve, The Ancient Mariner, Christabel, and Odes.

YOUTH, a breeze 'mid blossoms straying,
Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee-
Both were mine! Life went a Maying,

With Nature, Hope, and Poesy, 5

When I was young!
When I was young—Ah, woful When !
Ah! for the change 'twixt Now and Then !
This breathing house * not built with hands, Breathing house, &c.,
This body that does me grievous * wrong,

means his body, he 10 O'er airy cliffs and glittering sands,

move as quickly as

he would. How lightly then it flashed along :

Grievous, great. Like those trim skiffs,* unknown of yore, Skiff, a small light On winding lakes and rivers wide,

boat or ship. That ask no aid * of sail or oar,

Yore, olden times.

Aid, help. 15 That fear no spite of wind or tide!

Nought cared this body for wind or weather,
When Youth and I lived in't together.
Flowers are lovely ; Love is flower-like;
Friendship is a sheltering tree;
Oh the joys, that came down shower-like,
Of Friendship, Love, and Liberty,

Ere I was old !
Ere I was old ? Ah, woful Ere,

Which tells me, Youth's no longer here ! 25 O Youth ! for years so many and sweet,

'Tis known that thou and I were one,
I'll think it but a fond conceit

Conceit, imagination,

It cannot be, that thou art gone !
Thy vesper-bell * hath not yet tolled,

Desper-bell, a 30 And thou wert aye a masker * bold !

tolled in the evening.

Aye, always.
What strange disguise hast thou put on,

a reveller,
To make believe, that thou art gone?
I see these locks in silvery slips,
This drooping gait,* this altered size :

Gait, way or manner

of walking 35 But springtide blossoms on thy lips,

And tears take sunshine from thine eyes !
Life is but thought: so think I will
That Youth and I are housemates still.




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Dewdrops are the gems of morning,
But the tears of mournful eve!
Where no hope is, life's a warning,
That only serves to make us grieve,

When we are old :
That only serves to make us grieve
Tedious, tiring, slow. With oft and tedious * taking-leave,

Like some poor nigh-related guest,
Dismist, sent away. That may not rudely be dismist.*

Yet hath outstayed his welcome while,
And tells the jest without the smile.










THE BELLS.—E. A. Poe. EDGAR ALLAN POE (1811-1849) was an American poet, and possessed of considerable originality. He was the son of a strolling player, on whose death he was adopted by Mr. Allan, a rich merchant. He died from the effects of intemperance and dissipation. Sledge, carriage

HEAR the sledges * with the bells * made for sliding upon

Silver bells ! The bells, when heard What a world of merriment * their melody foretells ! the frosty air,

How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, havea merry tinkling In the icy air of night!

5 sound. Merriment, rejoicing.

While the stars that over-sprinkle

All the heavens seem to twinkle Crystalline, clear ;

With a crystalline * delight; sparkling like crys

Keeping time, time, time, tal. Runicrhyme, a rhyme

In a sort of Runic rhyme, peculiar to the lan. To the tintinnabulation * that so musically wells guage of the ancient northern nations.

From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Tintinnabulation,

Bells, bells, bells, tinkling.

From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

Hear the mellow wedding bells, 15

Golden bells ! Harmony, musical

What a world of happiness their harmony * foretells ! concoru.

Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight !
From the molten golden notes,

And all in tune,
Ditty, song.

What a liquid ditty * floats Gloats, stares with

To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats * Eagerness. Euphony, pleasant

On the moon ! Voluminously, copi

Oh, from out the sounding cells, ously, fully. What a gush of euphony* voluminously * we is!



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How it swells !

How it dwells

On the Future! how it tells 30 Of the rapture * that impels

Rapture. very great

delight or pleasure.
To the swinging and the ringing
Of the bells, bells, bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,

Bells, bells, bells-
35 To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells !

Hear the loud alarum-bells-
Brazen bells ! *

Brazen bells, these
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency

startle the sleepers tells ! In the startled ear of night

Turbulency, tumult,
How they scream out their affright!

great noise.
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,

Out of tune,
In a clamorous * appealing to the mercy of the Clamorous, noisy.

fire, 45 In a mad expostulation * with the deaf and Expostulation, refrantic * fire,

Frantic, furious.
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a resolute endeavour
Now-now to sit, or never,

By the side of the pale-faced moon. 50 Oh, the bells, bells, bells !

What a tale their terror tells

Of Despair !
How they clang, and clash, and roar!

What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating * air !

Palpitating, beating

quickly, throbbing. Yet the ear it fully knows,

By the twanging

And the clanging,

How the danger ebbs and flows ; 60 Yet the ear distinctly tells,

In the jangling,

And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of
the bells -

Of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells,

Clangour, clashing
In the clamour and the clangour * of the bells! together.

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