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But, lo, the staff, it budded!

It green'd, it branch'd, it waved.
"— O ruth of God," the priest cried out,
"This lost sea creature saved!"

The cassock'd priest rode onwards,
And vanish'd with his mule;
But Neckan in the twilight gray
Wept by the river pool.

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He wept: "The earth hath kindness,
The, sea, the starry poles;

Earth, sea, and sky, and God above —
But, ah, not human souls!"

In summer, on the headlands,
The Baltic Sea along,
Sits Neckan with his harp of gold,
And sings this plaintive song.


plain'tive, pitiful; stave, part of a song; sur'pliced, wearing the surplice, a loose linen garment worn by priests during service; cas'socked, the cassock is a long outer garment worn regularly by priests; ruth, pity.

1. Read the whole poem through. Where is the scene laid ? Find the Baltic Sea on your maps. 2. Who was Neckan? 3. Substitute another word that means the same for plaintive. What are the "pale roses" of the sea? 4. What unusual word is used in the eleventh and again in the twelfth stanza? 5. Explain the meaning of the thirteenth and fourteenth stanzas. What miracle was performed? 6. Why ruth rather than "pity" in line 11, page 150? 7. Tell the story of the poem in your own words.

Divided Quotations. The following sentences are selected from The Neckan. Notice the use of the quotation marks. How do they differ from the other quotations that you have studied?

1. "And who art thou," the priest began,
"Sir Knight, who wedd'st to-day?"

2. "O ruth of God," the priest cried out,
"This lost sea creature saved!"

In the first sentence read all the words that the priest says. Which words in the sentence are not a part of the priest's question? How is it shown that these words are not a part of the quotation?

Read the whole of the priest's exclamation in the second sentence. Which words does the priest not use? How are these words separated from the rest of the sentence?

Rule. When a quotation is divided by other words, each part should be inclosed by quotation marks. The words that divide the quotation should be separated from it by commas.

In the following sentences copy the quotations, omitting the words that divide them. Write them a second time and insert the words that divide the quotations. Be sure to use quotation marks and commas properly.




1. "Bless us," cried the mayor, "what's that?”

2. "When the steed is stolen," says an old French proverb, "it is time to shut the door."

3. "Truth," said Plato, "is the source of every good."

4. "The way to have a friend," wrote Emerson, "is to be one." 5. "Recollect that trifles make perfection," said a great man, "and that perfection is no trifle."



"SPEAK! speak! thou fearful guest!
Who, with thy hollow breast
Still in rude armor drest,

Comest to daunt me!
Wrapt not in Eastern balms,
But with thy fleshless palms
Stretched, as if asking alms,

Why dost thou haunt me?"

Then, from those cavernous eyes
Pale flashes seemed to rise,
As when the Northern skies

Gleam in December;
And, like the water's flow
Under December's snow,
Came a dull voice of woe

From the heart's chamber.

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O'er the dark sea I flew

With the marauders.
Wild was the life we led;
Many the souls that sped,
Many the hearts that bled,
By our stern orders.

"Many a wassail bout
Wore the long Winter out;
Often our midnight shout

Set the cocks crowing,
As we the Berserk's tale
Measured in cups of ale,
Draining the oaken pail,

Filled to o'erflowing.

"Once as I told in glee
Tales of the stormy sea,
Soft eyes did gaze on me,
Burning yet tender;
And as the white stars shine
On the dark Norway pine,
On that dark heart of mine

Fell their soft splendor.
"I wooed the blue-eyed maid,
Yielding, yet half afraid,
And in the forest's shade

Our vows were plighted.

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