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Words and Phrases for Study


frā'-grant thrift'-less

freight'-ing (frāt)

winged (wingd)


com'-råde—companion; associate. ri'-val—to try to reach something or obtain something which another

has, or is trying to obtain.


“Belated, thriftless vagrant”
"late aftermaths'
"white-winged seeds
"idle, golden freighting'

sosatin burs'
“Count all your boasts
"the hush of woods"
"rival for one hour',



Alice Cary (1820-1871), an American poet, was born in Cincinnati. She and her sister, Phæbe, wrote many well-known poems and sketches. They removed to New York City and lived together there.


THE leaves are fading and falling,

The winds are rough and wild,
The birds have ceased their calling,

But let me tell you, my child,


Though day by day, as it closes,

Doth darker and colder grow,
The roots of the bright red roses

Will keep alive in the snow.

And when the winter is over,

The boughs will get new leaves,
The quail come back to the clover,

And the swallow back to the eaves.

The robin will wear on his bosom

A vest that is bright and new,
And the loveliest wayside blossom

Will shine with the sun and dew.


The leaves today are whirling,

The brooks are all dry and dumb,
But let me tell you, my darling,

The spring will be sure to come.


There must be rough, cold weather,

And winds and rains so wild;
Not all good things together

Come to us here, my child.

So, when some dear joy loses

Its beauteous summer glow,
Think how the roots of the roses,

Are kept alive in the snow.


Notes and Questions What signs of autumn are men are mentioned in the second tioned in the first stanza

stanza What signs of the coming winter Where have the birds gone?

What is meant by the word

here” in the sixth stanza? Why are the brooks "dry and

dumb' in November? Is this true in all parts of the

country What are we told about the

springs in “October's Bright

Blue Weather")
What causes the whirling of the

leaves in November?

What will happen when the win

ter is over Where does the swallow build his

nest What does the second stanza tell

about the roots of the "bright red roses's How can the snow help keep the

roots alive? In what stanza is this thought

repeated ?


Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: quāil (kwāl)

eaves (ēvz) bog'-om (booz'-um)

bough (bou) beaū’-tê-ous (bū’-tė-ús)


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Ella Higginson (1862 ), an American writer, lives in Belling ham, on Puget Sound, Washington. She won a $500 prize offered by a magazine for the best short story.

I KNOW a place where the sun is like gold,

And the cherry blooms burst with snow;
And down underneath is the loveliest nook,

Where the four-leaf clovers grow. • From “When the Birds Go North Again," by Ella Higginson. Copy. right, 1898. by The Macmillan Company.


One leaf is for hope, and one is for faith,

And one is for love, you know,
But God put another in for luck-

If you search, you will find where they grow.


But you must have hope, and you must have faith,

You must love and be strong, and so,
If you work, if you wait, you will find the place

Where the four-leaf clovers grow.


Notes and Questions

To whom is the four-leaf clover

supposed to bring good luck? Why is it better to think how we

may give happiness to others than to think very much about

securing it for ourselves ? To whom would you like to give

the four-leaf clover if you

should find it? How can we show that we have

faith and hope? If we have love in our hearts,

how will it show in our lives? If we are diligent and patient,

what effect will this have upon our work?

Which do you think will give

greater happiness, to earn something by hard work or to gain it by chance? Why do

you think so? What does the poem say we must

have What does the poem say we must

do? If we have all these things and

do all these things shall we need to hunt for the four-leaf clover to bring us good for

tune? Why? Commit to

memory the last stanza.

Words and Phrases for Study

faith-firm belief.
nook-a quiet, sheltered spot; a corner.


"sun is like gold”

"burst with snow"



Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) was an American poet. He was born in Maine. His father was the founder of the “Youth's Companion."


TIRED of play! tired of play!
What hast thou done this livelong day?
The birds are silent, and so is the bee;
The sun is creeping up temple and tree;

The doves have flown to the sheltering eaves,
And the nests are dark with the drooping leaves,
Twilight gathers and day is done,
How hast thou spent it, restless one?

Playing? But what hast thou done beside,
To tell thy mother at even-tide ?
What promise of morn is left unbroken?
What kind word to thy playmate spoken?

Whom hast thou pitied and whom forgiven ?
How with thy faults has duty striven?
What hast thou learned by field and hill?
By greenwood path, and singing rill ?

Well for thee if thou couldst tell
A tale like this of a day spent well,
If thy kind hand has aided distress,
And thou pity hast felt for wretchedness;

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