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THE INCHCAPE ROCK.*-Southey.
No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
Keel, the bottom of a
ship. 5 Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The waves flowed over the Inchcape Rock ;
Abbot, head of an
or piece of wood, When the rock was hid by the surge's* swell, fastened by a rope or The mariners* heard the warning bell ;
chain, to mark dan15 And then they knew the perilous* rock,
gerous places, or the
position of a ship's And blest the Abbot of Aberbrothok.
Surge, the swell or The sun in heaven was shining gay,
rise of the sea.
Mariner, a seaman All things were joyful on that day ;
or sailor. The sea-birds scream'd as they wheel'd around, Perilous, very dan. 20 And there was joyance* in the sound.
Deck, the floor or cov.
ering of a ship. 25 He felt the cheering power of spring,
It made him whistle, it made him sing;
pirate, a wanderer. His eye was on the Inchcape float ;*
Float, the raft
which the bell was 30 Quoth* he; “My men, put out the boat, fastened. And row me to the Inchcape Rock,
Plague, to tease or And I'll plague* the abbot of Aberbrothok.”
annoy, to vex.
* The Inchcape, or Bell Rock, is fourteen miles east of the entrance to the Firth of Tay, and is the site of a celebrated lighthouse, built by Robert Stevenson in 1807-10.
The boat is lower'd, the boatmen row,
35 And he cut the bell from the Inchcape float. Gurgling, making an Down sank the bell with a gurgling * sound, irregular sound, as
The bubbles rose and burst around; flowing from a bottle. Quoth Sir Ralph, “The next who comes to the
rock Won't bless the Abbot of Aberbrothok.” 43
Sir Ralph the Rover sail'd away, Scour, to travel from
He scour'd + the seas for many a day ;
He steers * his course for Scotland's shore.*
45 Haze, a mist or fog. They cannot see the sun on high ; Gale, a strong stormy
The wind hath blown a gale * all day,
50 Quoth Sir Ralph, “It will be lighter soon, Dawn, the light given
For there is the dawn * of the rising moon.” appears.
“Can'st hear," said one, “the breakers * roar? Breakers, waves dash
For methinks* we should be near the shore ; ing against the rocks and breaking into Now where we are I cannot tell;
55 spray and foam.
But I wish I could hear the Inchcape Bell.”
, waves follow- They hear no sound, the swell * is strong; ing one another in Though the wind hath fallen, they drift * along, some general direc
Till the vessel strikes with a shivering shock : tion. Drift, the force of
Cried they, “It is the Inchcape Rock !” 60 the waves driving the ship onward.
Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair,
He cursed himself in his despair ; *
The waves rush in on every side,
A sound as if with the Inchcape Bell,
before the moon itself
65 LUCY GRAY.-Wordsworth.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850), a great English poet, was born at Cocker. mouth in Cumberland. He was educated at Cambridge. On the death of Southey in 1843, he was made Poet-Laureate. Chief poems : The Excursion, Lyricai Ballads, White Doe of Rylstone, and a very fine collection of Sonnets. OFT I had heard of Lucy Gray:
Lucy Gray: the inci.
dent on which this And, when I crossed the wild,*
poem is founded took I chanced to see, at break of day,
place near Halifax in The solitary * child.
and uncultivated 5 No mate, no comrade * Lucy knew;
land, She dwelt on a wide moor, *
Solitary, alone, with
out company. The sweetest thing that ever grew
Comrade, friend, com-
waste covered with You yet may spy the fawn * at play,
heath, IO The hare upon the green :
Fawn, the young of
a deer. But the sweet face of Lucy Gray,
Will never more be seen.
Minster, the church
“That, father ! will I gladly do ;
'Tis scarcely afternoon-
And yonder is the moon.”
And snapped a faggot * band ;
The lantern in her hand.
With many a wanton * stroke
That rises up like smoke.
She wandered up and down;
But never reached the town.
Blither, more spright-
THOUGHTLESS WORDS. Scott.
THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER.-Pope.
ALEXANDER POPE (1688–1744), the greatest poet of his time. His literary career began at the age of sixteen, when he published the Pastorals. His poems are characterised by a gracefulness of versification that is unequalled. Chief poems: Rape of the Lock, Essay on Man, Moral Epistles, The Dunciad, and translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.
FATHER of all ! in every age,
Clime, climate, coun:
Sage, a wise man. Jehovah, Jove, or Lord ! 5 Thou Great First Cause, least understood,
Who all my sense confined,
And that myself am blind ;
To see the good from ill;
Left free the human will :