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Wight, a strong nimble person.
Winsome, winning, engaging.
Water - wraith, the spirit of the storm (an imaginary thing). Scowl of heaven, the threatening darkness of the sky, betokening a storm.
Out spoke the hardy Highland wight:*
“I'll go, my chief-I'm ready:
But for your winsome * lady :
In danger shall not tarry ;
I'll row you o'er the ferry.”
Grew dark as they were speaking.
30 Adown the glen rode armed men,
Their trampling sounded nearer.
“Though tempests round us gather ;
A stormy sea before her-
40 And still they rowed amidst the roar
Of waters fast prevailing;
His wrath was changed to wailing. *
His child he did discover :
And one was round her lover.
50 And I'll forgive your Highland chief;
My daughter !-oh! my daughter!”
Return or aid preventing;
And he was left lamenting. *
Tempest, a storm.
Lamenting, mourniog loudly.
TO A FIELD MOUSE.—Burns. ROBERT BURNS (1759–1796), the great lyric poet of Scotland, was the son of a small farmer in Ayrshire. He owed little or nothing to education, and, in his genius, followed the impulse of nature alone. Chief poems: Halloween, The Cottar's Saturday Night, Tam o' Shanter, and a magnificent collection
Wee, very little. Sleekit, sleek, smooth. Cow'rin', crouching with fear. Beastie, little beast. Bickering b,attle, racing backwards and forwards, Laith, unwilling, loath. Pattle, the stick used for clearing away the clodsfrom the plough
WEE,* sleekit,* cow'rin',* tim'rous beastie, *
Wi' bickering brattle !*
Wi? murdoring pattle !*
Which makes thee startle
And fellow-mortal !
'S a sma' request :
And never miss't!
O’ foggage * green!
Baith snell * and keen !
A daimen icker, &c.,
Thou saw the fields laid bare and waste,
Thou thought to dwell,
Out thro' thy cell.*
But house or hald, *
And cranreuch * cauld !
Stibble, stalks of corn
THE PET LAMB. IVordsworth. Dew, the moisture THE dew was falling fast, the stars began to which falls upon the blink; earth from the air, chiefly at night.
I heard a voice ; it said “Drink, pretty creature,
drink!” Espied, saw. And looking o'er the hedge, before me I espied
A snow-white mountain lamb, with a maiden at
its side. Kine, cows. Nor sheep, nor kine* were near; the lamb was all alone
5 Tether'd, fastened. And by a slender cord was tether'd * to a stone ;
With one knee on the grass did the little maiden
with pleasure shook :
such a tone
beauty rare !
Right towards the lamb she look'd ; and from that shady
If Nature to her tongue could measured numbers * bring, Measured 20 Thus, thought I, to her lamb that little maid might sing: numbers, “What ails thee, Young one? what? Why pull so at poetry.
thy cord ?
Rest, little Young one, rest ; what is't that aileth thee?
“ If the sun be shining hot, do but stretch thy woollen 30 This beech is standing by, its covert * thou canst gain; Covert,coverFor rain and mountain-storms !—the like thou need'st ing; it could
When my father found thee first in places far away ;
female sheep 40 Upon the mountain-tops no kinder could have been.
having " Thou know'st that twice a day I have brought thee in
lie in the shade of the beech-tree.
ten it to the cart like a
Fresh water from the brook, as clear as ever ran;
horse, to har Then I'll yoke* thee to my cart like a pony in the plough! Fold, an en. My playmate thou shalt be ; and when the wind is cold closed place
for keeping Our hearth shall be thy bed, our house shall be thy fold.* sheep.
"It will not, will not rest !—Poor creature, can it be That 'tis thy mother's heart which is working so in thee?
50 Belike, perhaps, Things that I know not of belike * to thee are dear, probably.
And dreams of things which thou canst neither see
nor hear. “Alas, the mountain-tops that look so green and fair I've heard of fearful winds and darkness that come
there; The little brooks that seem all pastime and all play, 55
When they are angry, roar like lions for their prey. Raven, a bird of “Here thou need’st not dread the raven* in the sky;
Night and day thou art safe,-our cottage is hard by. Hard by, close Why bleat so after me? Why pull so at thy chain ? at hand, near.
Sleep—and at break of day I will come to thee again!”
60 - As homeward through the lane I went with lazy
Again, and once again, did I repeat the song ; 65 Damsel, a girl. “ Nay," said I,“ more than half to the damsel* must
such a tone,
THERE is no flock, however watched and Tended, taken care of.
tended, * Defended, guarded, protected, to keep off
But one dead lamb is there! anything hurtful. There is no fire-side, howso'er defended, * Vacant, empty.
But has one vacant* chair ! Mournings, ing for the dead.
The air is full of farewells to the dying, Rachel, daughter of
5 Laban, and wife of And mournings * for the dead ; Jacob.
The heart of Rachel * for her children crying, Afflictions, trials, hardships.
Will not be comforted.
bless- Let us be patient! These severe afflictions
IO Assume, to put on. Disguise, a false ap
But oftentimes celestial * benedictions * pearance.
Assume * this dark disguise.