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Charles Mackay (1814-1889) was a Scotch poet. For some years he was editc: of the “Glasgow Argus" and afterwards he became editor of the “Illustrated London News.” During the Civil War he was the special correspondent of the “London Times' at New York. He wrote many poems of interest to young people.
In the days when the earth was young;
The strokes of his hammer rung;
On the iron glowing clear,
As he fashioned the sword and spear.
Hurrah for the spear and sword !
For he shall be king and lord.”
As he wrought by his roaring fire,
As the crown of his desire;
Till they shouted loud in glee,
And spoils of forest free.
Who hath given us strength anew!
And hurrah for the metal true!"
But a sudden change came o'er his heart
Ere the setting of the sun,
For the evil he had done.
Made war upon their kind;
In their lust for carnage, blind.
Or that skill of mine should plan,
Is to slay their fellow-man!"
Sat brooding o'er his woe;
And his furnace smouldered low;
And a bright, courageous eye,
While the quick flames mounted high;
And the red sparks lit the air,“Not alone for the blade was the bright steel made,”
And he fashioned the first plowshare.
And men, taught wisdom from the past,
In friendship joined their hands, Hung the sword in the hall, the spear on the wall,
And plowed the willing lands; And sang, "Hurrah for Tubal Cain!
Our stanch good friend is he;
To him our praise shall be.
Or a tyrant would be lord,
We'll not forget the sword.”
HELPS TO STUDY
Historical: Tubal Cain was one of the sons of Lamech, a descend ant of Cain. Tubal Cain and his two brothers, Jabal and Jubal, are remembered because of inventions believed to have been made by them. Jabal was the "father of such as dwell in tents and of such as have cattle,” that is, he was the first wandering herdsman. Juba) was the “father of all such as handle the harp and organ." Tuba] Cain was an “instructor of every artificer in brass and iron,” that is, he was the first smith. These men lived in the days before the flood and all that we really know of their history is given in the fourtb chapter of Genesis.
Notes and Questions What time is meant by "the What did they do with the weapdays when the earth
ons which Tubal Cain made for young''?
them? What did Tubal Cain "fashion' or make
How did this make him feel
Read the lines which tell this. Read the lines which tell what What did he then invent? he sang as he worked.
How did this invention help man. What did he say the man who kind?
could best use the spear and What did men do with the swords sword would become
and spears after Tubal Cain How could this be possible ?
gave them his later invention ! What did all the men who came What do you think was the to Tubal Cain want?
"wisdom" which men learned Read the lines which tell what from the time of strife and they sang.
Words and Phrases for Study
skill-great ability; expertness.
WORDS AND PHRASES: “spoils of forest”
crown of his desire' “given us strength anew" "lust for carnage” "smite the ore''
THE BROWN THRUSH
Lucy Larcom (1826-1893) was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her father was a ship captain. She taught school for twenty years,
“THERE's a merry brown thrush sitting up in a tree
He's singing to me! he's singing to me!"
‘Oh, the world's running over with joy!
Hush! Look! In my tree,
2 And the brown thrush keeps singing—"A nest do you see,
And five eggs, hid by me in the juniper-tree? Don't meddle! don't touch! little girl, little boy, Or the world will lose some of its joy.
Now I'm glad! Now I'm free!
And I always shall be,
To you and to me, to you and to me;
But long it won't be,
Don't you know? don't you see?
Words and Phrases for Study VOCABULARY:
měd'-dle—to disturb another's property without permission. měr'-ry-cheerful; happy; laughingly gay.