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Hung the sword in the ball, the spear on the wall,
And plowed the willing lands;
And for the plowshare and the plow
The Bible mentions Tubal Cain (Genesis iv. 22) as the first to work in metals. brawn'y, strong; lust, strong desire; car'nage, bloodshed; stanch, firm; op pres'sion, the laying of heavy burdens, cruelty; ty'rant, a cruel king or master.
1. Read the whole poem through. What do you like about it? 2. What is there about it that gives the impression of strength? 3. Which was the better worth doing- his earlier work or his later? Why? 4. What colors are mentioned in the first stanza? Read those lines, omitting the color words, and see how much less clear a picture it makes. 5. What does "spoils of the forest free" mean? 6. Express the fourth line of the second stanza in your own words. 7. Why "willing lands" (last stanza)?
Word Study: Synonyms.
For each word in the first column find one in the second or third that means about the same. Arrange the words in pairs.
THE INCHCAPE ROCK
No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The Abbot of Aberbrothok
Had placed that bell on the Inchcape Rock;
When the rock was hid by the surge's swell,
The sun in heaven was shining gay;
The buoy of the Inchcape Bell was seen,
He felt the cheering power of Spring;
His eye was on the Inchcape float.
The boat is lowered, the boatmen row,
Down sank the bell with a gurgling sound;
The bubbles rose and burst around.
Quoth Sir Ralph, "The next who comes to the Rock
Sir Ralph the Rover sailed away;
And now grown rich with plundered store,
He steers his course for Scotland's shore.
So thick a haze o'erspreads the sky,
On the deck the Rover takes his stand;
"Canst hear," said one, "the breakers roar?
They hear no sound; the swell is strong;
Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair;
But, even in his dying fear,
One dreadful sound could the Rover hear,-
1. Read the whole poem through. What kind of a day do the first and second stanzas picture? 2. Read the lines that make you feel the quiet of the day. 3. What do the third and fourth stanzas tell about? 4. What was Sir Ralph ? Substitute another word for Rover. 5. Why is scoured a better word than "sailed" (eleventh stanza)? 6. Contrast the day of his return with the day he cut the rope. 7. What was his punishment for this deed?
Sentence Study. Write very briefly, in one paragraph, the story of The Inchcape Rock. When you have finished, read your story through aloud and see if you have expressed only one idea in every sentence. Then exchange papers and see if you can find in your classmate's work any failure to recognize and properly mark off the
Letters. A well-written, correctly spelled, carefully punctuated letter is far more apt to win a position for an applicant than a carelessly worded and poorly spelled one.
1. Copy the letter given below. 2. Write a letter, applying for a position in some store in your town.
MR. JOHN CLARK,
524 MARKET ST.
127 MAIN ST., PHILADELPHIA, PA. June 28, 1904.
I understand that you want an errand boy in your store.
I wish to work during my vacation and should be glad if you would try me. I am thirteen years old and large for my age.
Dr. Nichols, 315 Main St., knows me, and has said that I might refer you to him if you wish to make inquiries about me.