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The lark's on the wing;
HELPS TO STUDY
Pippa, a poor girl who works in the silk mills, has only one holiday in all the year. On the morning of this holiday she tries to think who is the happiest person in the town, because she wants to imagine that she is that person for one day. But later she has a better thought than this and she says,
"I will pass each and see their happiness,
And envy none—being just as great, no doubt,
So little Pippa goes down the street, singing this beautiful morning song and doing good to all who hear her.
Notes and Questions
What time of year is described
in these lines ? To what is the dew on the hill
side compared ? What is the lark doing as Pippa
goes down the street ? What words tell us that Pippa is
contented ? Read the words which explain why she is contented with her
condition in life. What influence upon those who
heard her, would Pippa's song have?
What do you notice about the
length of lines in this little
song? Can you think of any reason for
the poet's choice of this kind of
line for such a song? Compare the lines in this poem
with the lines Sir Walter Scott used in the “Lullaby of an In
fant Chief.' Can you give any reason for Sir
Walter Scott's choice of long lines in the “Lullaby of an In. fant Chief''?
Words and Phrases for Study "The year's at the spring”
5. The snail's on the thorn"? "Morning's at seven''
"The hillside's dew-pearled”
that the day will pass quickly.
THOMAS CARLYLE Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a great Scotch writer of essay and history. He lived in Edinburgh and later in London.
Another blue day:
This new day is born;
No eye ever did;
Another blue day;
Notes and Questions
the day is called a “new day''. When will Read the lines which remind us “From all eyes!!!
this day be
The poet tells us in the first What can we do to make a day
stanza to "think'. What does useful?
he want us to think about? To whom should our days be useFind the same lines in another ful? stanza.
Read lines which you would like Why did the poet repeat these to commit to memory. words
Read the short story which fol. What do you think he meant by lows and try to tell it to somethe words, “a useless day'' re
Did Titus and the poet ferred to in the first and last have the same idea of a "usestanzas of this poem?
less” day? The Roman Emperor, Titus, won the love of all his people by his kindness and generosity to those who were in trouble. One night at supper, remembering that he had not helped anyone that day, he exclaimed, “My friends, I have lost a day!”
Where flocks have took delight:
Unseen they pour blessing
Where birds are covered warm;
If they see any weeping
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions What signs of evening are men Read the words which tell that tioned in the first stanza?
angels come to the fields. To what is the moon compared ? What do the angels do for the Read the line which tells what buds and blossoms?
the poet thinks the moon is do What do the angels do for the ing.
birds and beasts? To what does the poet say good What do they do for those who night?
are sorrowful ?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: dė-scěnd'-ing
bow'-er (bou' ēr) nữb'-bled (l'd) VOCABULARY: un-seen'- not seen.
THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
Francis William Bourdillon (1852 ), an English poet, lives at Buddington, England. He attended college at Oxford.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was born in Scotland. He was a famous novelist and poet. He learned the Scottish legends and ballads when a child. These he wove into his writings.
0, HUSH thee, my babie! thy sire was a knight,