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What tho' on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin-gray, and a’that;
Their tinsel show, and a' that:
Is king o' men for a'that.
Ye see yon birkie, caʼd a lord,
Who struts, and stares, and a'that;
His riband, star, and a’ that,
He looks and laughs at a'that.
A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and a' that;
Their dignities and a' that,
Then let us pray that come it may, (As come it will for a’ that,)
That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth,
It's coming yet, for a'that;
Shall brothers be for a' that.
TO THE PUPIL:
1. Valor means courage, heroism; common, belonging equally to more than one; posterity, (post = after) those coming after; hoddin-gray, woolen cloth of a very coarse quality; birkie, a conceited fellow; one who thinks too much of himself; coof, a blockhead, a ninny; aboon, above, up; mauna, must not; to bear the gree, to be decidedly the victor.
2. Copy and memorize the last stanza of “A Man's a Man for A' That.”
TO THE TEACHER:
The word common should be dwelt on until it is thoroughly understood.
Test the pupils' knowledge of the memory gem.
Next day at breakfast, a bell-boy brought a telegram to Father, who after opening and reading it said, “Well, Mother, I see we have to be home next week. Shall we have to modify our plans much, Uncle Jack, to enable us to do this?”
“The only change will be to cut down the time we intended to spend in each place,” he replied. “For instance, if we omit seeing the Lower Town, we can take the steamer, to-day, for Montreal, and the one hundred and fifty miles between here and there will be covered before nightfall.”
“How long can we stay in Montreal?” inquired Mother, “and from there where do we go?”
“We can stay a couple of days in Montreal, going from there to Toronto, and then home via Niagara Falls,” was Uncle Jack’s reply.
As this seemed to be perfectly satisfactory to everybody, plans were arranged in accordance, and within a comparatively short time our party was aboard the steamer for Montreal.
The children enjoyed the river trip immensely. They were particularly impressed by the river itself, the wide reach from shore to shore, and the rush of the current, getting for the first time some idea of the tremendous volume of water carried by the St. Lawrence to the sea.
During the last hour of the journey, their steamer kept abreast with a large ocean-going steamer, also headed for Montreal. They were so near at times that they could see the passengers on the upper deck, who appeared to be as eager to reach Montreal as the children themselves. .
“Do tell us something about Montreal, Uncle Jack,” said Belle. “From the name, I feel sure it is just as French as Quebec,” she added.
“And so it is,” said Uncle Jack. “Like Quebec, Montreal was settled by the French — by Maisonneuve in 1642. And if there ever was a fighter, Maisonneuve was one.”
“Do, please, tell us about one of his fights, before the boat reaches Montreal,” said May.
“Parkman tells of one he had with the Indians exactly where Montreal now stands. It is a very interesting story, as you will note,” said Uncle Jack:*
* From “Jesuits in North America”; copyright by Francis Parkman and used by permission of Little, Brown & Company.