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45 A!l day long the free flag tossed
Over the heads of the rebel host ;*
And through the hill-gaps sunset light 50 Shone over it with 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.
the sun set.
and is remarkable for its beautiful flowerg
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 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, 20 Or flourish a blooming bride?
Ruffle, to make rough and 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 ?
no, fair Lily, he will not send
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. Marmion, English Not far advanced was morning day envoy to the court of King James IV. of
When Marmion * did his troop array, Scotland.
To Surrey's * camp to ride ; Array, arrange; to
He had safe-conduct* for his band, place in
order of battle. Beneath * the royal seal and hand,
5 Surrey, Earl Surrey And Douglas * gave a guide. was lieutenant general of the Northern
The ancient earl, with stately grace, counties, and com- Would Clara * on her palfrey * place; manded the English
And whispered, in an under-tone, army at Flodden. Safe-conduct, a pass- “Let the hawk stoop, his prey is flown." * IO port granted to a per- The train from out the castle drew; son to enable him to pass safely through But Marmion stopped to bid adieu : any place
“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 ot Part we in friendship from your land,
Angus, was remark. And, noble earl, receive * my hand.”
able for his strength
of body and 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 ;
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—“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 mate!
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,
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
Varder, a watchman, The Douglas in his hall ?
Portcullis, a sliding
door of cross timbers 55 And hop'st thou hence unscathed* to go ?
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 down
in a moment to keep Let the portcullis * fall.”
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;
In 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 ancients believed
Lured * by the love of the Genii * that move that
every person In the depths of the purple sea;
own par. Over the rilis * and the crags * and the hills, 25 ticular genius guardian spirit.
Over the lakes and the plains, Rill
, a small murmur- Wherever he dream, under mountain or stream,
The spirit he loves remains ;
The sanguine* sunrise, with his meteor* eyes,
Sanguine, blood-red ; And his burning plumes outspread,
it also means being
Meteor, flashing, like When the morning star * shines dead; & meteor or falling 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 From the depth of heaven above,
Earthquake, 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 orbèd * 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, May have broken the woof * of my tent's thin The woof, the cross
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 flame-like
ap60 And the moon's * with a girdle of pearl ; pearance The volcanoes* are dim, and the stars reel and And the moon's, &c. swim,
By moonlight, the When the whirlwinds * my banner unfurl.*
edges of the clouds
present 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 :
from which smoke, The mountains its columns be.
flame, lava, &c., are The triumphal arch * through which I march
Whirlwind, a violent
The triumphal arch, chair
The sphere-fire, the While the moist earth was laughing below.