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The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His heaven-
All's right with the world !


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,
Useful to men, and dear to God, as they."

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.

Lo here hath been dawning

Another blue day:
Think, wilt thou let it
Slip useless away?

Out of Eternity

This new day is born;
Into Eternity,
At night, will return.

Behold it aforetime

No eye ever did;
So soon it forever
From all eyes is hid.

Here hath been dawning

Another blue day;
Think, wilt thou let it
Slip useless away?

Notes and Questions
Read the lines which explain why

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!”


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Farewell, green fields and happy grove,

Where flocks have took delight:
Where lambs have nibbled, silent move
The feet of angels bright;

Unseen they pour blessing
And joy without ceasing
On each bud and blossom,
On each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest

Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
To keep them all from harm:

If they see any weeping
That should have been sleeping,
They pour sleep on their head,
And sit down by their bed.


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.


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Francis William Bourdillon (1852 ), an English poet, lives at Buddington, England. He attended college at Oxford.

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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,
Thy mother a lady, both lovely and bright;
The woods and the glens, from the towers which we see,
They are all belonging, dear babie, to thee.

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