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since the moment when she ran, with outstretched arms, to comfort poor King Midas.
Her father did not think it necessary to tell his beloved child how very foolish he had been, but contented himself with 5 showing how much wiser he had now grown. For this purpose,
he little Marygold into the garden, where he sprinkled all the remainder of the water over the rose-bushes, and with such good effect that above five thousand roses recovered their
beautiful bloom. There were two circumstances, however, which, 10 as long as he lived, used to put King Midas in mind of the
Golden Touch. One was that the sands of the river sparkled like gold; the other, that little Marygold's liair had now a golden tinge, which he had never observed in it before she had
been changed by the effect of his kiss. This change of hue 15 was really an improvement, and made Marygold's hair richer than in her babyhood.
When King. Midas had grown quite an old man, and used to trot Marygold's children on his knee, he was fond of telling
them this marvelous story, pretty much as I have now told it to 20 you. And then would he stroke their glossy ringlets, and tell
them that their hair, likewise, had a rich shade of gold, which they had inherited from their mother.
"And to tell you the truth, my precious little folks," quoth King Midas, diligently trotting the children all the while, "ever 25 since that morning I have hated the very sight of all other gold,
save this !”
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions How did Midas think he could What was his chief pleasure
best show his love for his Describe the visitor who ap daughter?
peared to Midas in his treasure Why did he value his crown
room, What thought came to him when Why was not Midas afraid ! he saw clouds or flowers !
What did the stranger ask him
Why did Midas think so long be What did the stranger ask when
fore answering the second ques he came again? tion?
What was the discovery wbich Read the sentence which tells Midas had made since the what Midas wished.
stranger's first visit? When did he receive his new How was Midas cured of the power?
Golden Touch? What use did he make of it? What was he told to do in order What did Marygold think of the to restore Marygold to life? gold roses?
How were the roses restored ? Why was not Midas's breakfast Why did Midas want to restore a success
everything he had touched? When did Midas first doubt How did this prove that he was
whether riches are the most de. truly repentant ?
sirable thing in the world? Find lines which tell us how How did he drive this thought Midas had become so unrea. away?
sonable in his desire for gold. What made him realize that his What two things always remind.
little daughter was dearer to ed Midas of the Golden Touch | him than gold?
What was the only gold he cared Read lines which tell what he about after he was saved from realized when it was too late. the Golden Touch 8
Words and Phrases for Study
mis'-chỉef (chif) tinge (tỉnj) cõm-păr'-å-tive-lý
pär'-ti-cles (k'ls) vā'-ri-oŭs au-tum-nh1
măg-nif'-i-cént) těxt'-ūre făb'-ric
spa'-cioŭs (spā'-shus) Aěx'-1-bìl'-1-tý
ěx-trăv'-å-gant ā'-pron (průn or púrn) ē mērged'
ăd'-mi-ra-bly de-pos'-it în-di-vid'-ū-al
me-tăl'-lic ěx-traor'-di-na-rý (trôr') in'-di-gěst'-i-ble SŐ-lid'-i-tý răv'-en-oŭs (răv'- 'n-ús) în'-fi-nite-lý frötho-ỹ ăv'-a-rựce (ris)
vịct'-uals (vit'-'lz) phrāse be-cause (bē kôz?) ob-scūre'
a-ghäst' (å-gåst') strewn (stroon)
dun'-geon (lūn'-jũn) cup'-board (kūb'-ērd) wrought (rôt) hū'-mor (mēr)
com-põ'-sûre (zhůr) mộr-ti-fi-cao-tion lus'-tre (lūs’-tēr) VOCABULARY:
căl’-cu-lāte—to reckon; to count.
WORDS AND PHRASES: ** golden radiance' “mortal strength” "'fortunate moment' "more than mortal” "multiply his heaps” "utmost wishes' "meditated' "seemingly impossible” “joyful frenzy'' "insane desire” "nicest goldsmith'
A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS
CLEMENT C. MOORE Clement C. Moore (1779-1863) was an American poet and author. He lived in New York City. For many years he was engaged in educational work.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
While visions of sugarplums danced through their heads;
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
from my bed to see what was the matter.
Gave a luster of midday to objects below;
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, 20 And he whistled, and shouted and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen !
Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all !”
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof 30 The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot: 35 A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. 45 He was chubby and plump-a right jolly old elf;
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, 50 And filled all the stockings: then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. 55 But I heard him exclaim, ere they drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions
What words show how lightly
the reindeer flew through the
of St. Nicholas "white as the
What picture do the first eight
lines of this poem give you? Does this picture seem real to you? Of what were the children dream
ing! What word do you use instead
of sugarplums? What picture do lines 15 to 18
give you What is the next picture? Read
the lines which make it. To what is the swiftness of the
reindeer compared ? Why did St. Nicholas give “A wink of his eye,
»; before he filled the stockings?
Read the lines which picture St.
Nicholas after he came down
sight of St. Nicholas, in spite
entire poem can you see most
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: mino-i-i-tire
sleigh (slā) vi-sions (vìzh'-ŭns) tī-'ny
soot (or soot) õb'-stå-cle (k ’l)
chúb’-by-short and stout.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
“luster of midday"
“jolly old elf" "away they all flew like the down of a thistle'