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Not as the flying come,
In silence and in fear; —
With their hymns of lofty cheer.
Amidst the storm they sang,
And the stars heard, and the sea; And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
To the anthem of the free! The ocean eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave's foam — And the rocking pines of the forest roared —
This was their welcome home!
There were men with hoary hair
Amidst that pilgrim band;
Away from their childhood's land?
Lit by her deep love's truth; .
And the fiery heart of youth.
What sought they thus afar?
Bright jewels of the mine?
Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod.
— Felicia Hemans
Just as Uncle Jack finished, the train drew into the station of Plymouth.
“Suppose,” said Father as they left the train, “suppose that in visiting this historic spot, we go first to Pilgrim Hall. Then we can have luncheon, and end with a visit to the ancient graveyard and to the National Monument. What say you, Jack?”
“A good idea,” was the reply. “There is much to be seen, and we can make the most of our time by following the plan you suggest.”
So Father's plan was adopted and a busy day followed. ...
“How did you enjoy your visit to Plymouth, Belle?” asked Uncle Jack, when they were on the train again, on the way back to Boston.
“Very much, indeed, Uncle Jack,” was Belle's reply. “But how can I remember all the historic things we have seen to-day! There are so many of them! I copied two of the quaint old epitaphs in the graveyard, as they were too good to lose and I couldn't possibly remember them.”
“May I see them, Belle?” asked Uncle Jack.
“Certainly, Uncle Jack," replied Belle, as she handed him her commonplace book.
And Uncle Jack read these two queer old epitaphs:
about — XC — years
Here lies Interred
widow to r
“Those are certainly quaint and curious, Belle,” said Uncle Jack, as he returned the book. “I think I shall give you some lines written by John Boyle O'Reilly on the Pilgrim Fathers, which you may put with them.”
“Please do, Uncle Jack, I shall be very glad to have them,” said Belle.
“Listen, then,” and Uncle Jack recited the following lines:
(To be read by the teacher to the pupils, who should follow the reading in their books.)
THE PILGRIM FATHERS*
One righteous word for Law — the common Will;
So held they firm, the Fathers aye to be, From Home to Holland, Holland to the sea, — Pilgrims for manhood, in their little ship, Hope in each heart and prayer on every lip. They could not live by king-made codes and creeds; They chose the path where every footstep bleeds. * Copyright; used through the courtesy of James S. Murphy, trustee of the O'Reilly estate.
Protesting, not rebelling; scorned and banned;
Still must we keep in every stroke and vote
O People's Voice! when farthest thrones shall hear;
TO THE PUPIL:
1. Copy and memorize the last stanza of “The Landing of the Pilgrims.”
2. Copy the proper nouns you find on page 177.