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the marsh region what is lord of the land ''g What characteristics of the

marshes does the poet point out? What comparisons are found in

lines fifty to fifty-five? To what does the poet compare

the extent of the marshes of

Glynn
In this region when does the flood

tide come? What tells you? Which picture in the poem do you

like best?

Explain: “Passeth a hurrying

sound of wings that westward

whir." What is the meaning of the last

nine lines
Do like this poem ? Why?

What can you tell of the author?
Point out parts that you like best.
Find examples of alliteration.
Why does the poet repeat “I am

drawn''
Select lines that are especially

beautiful.

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Words and Phrases for Discussion. "glimmering'

“ponderous gate''-vast western Vanishing"

horizon at sunset. swerving'

"wood aisle’-path of sun's rays «Like a lane into heaven

in the woods at sunset. that leads from a dream"

"drunken the soul of the oak”“Bending your beauty aside"

absorbed its strength. "intricate channels'

"scythe of time!'-symbol of Wuttermost creeks'

death. Glynn”—a county in Georgia "trowel of trade"-symbol of in

which borders on the Atlantic. dustry. live oak”-a species of oak "belief overmasters doubt'-inner

found along the coasts of the confidence, faith takes the place southern states.

of uncertainty. (catholic man'-a broad-minded I know that I know!!-become

self-confident thro' Power "braided dusks's shadows of

greater than self. branches crossing one another. “My spirit grows to a lordly great "woven shades'-shadows inter

compass within”—My soul belacing.

comes its own confident guide, “riotous noonday sun – beating relying on a Power greater than down hard.

self. ye held me fast in your heart” "When length was

fatigue'— attracted and delighted me.

tiresome to look at-he was unI held you fast in mine"-loved, able to understand it. enjoyed.

"breadth was but bitterness sore' Wriot is rest'-the heat of the —so vast as to be disappointing day is past, all is quiet.

and beyond his ability to know "a-wait'_waiting.

and control,

man.

a

sea

"drew over me out of the merci

less miles of the plain”—The vastness of the marshes filled

him with fear and awe. "sweet visage of

space'-He came to love the view of the

marshes. "belt of the dawn''—the line

where the gray beach and the woods come together is like the

horizon at daybreak. "For a mete and a mark”-a line

to measure and distinguish the

limits of the marsh. 66 affable live oak” – friendly,

kindly. Clord of the land?'—the oak tree. "sinuous southward” — irregular

line connecting wood and marsh. fastens the fringe of the marsh

to the folds of the land'-the line which marks the coming together of the marsh and the land

-"the shimmering band.” 'gray looping of light”—the light

reflected or thrown back from

the woods in the dim distance. "terminal blue of the main'—the

sea coast, the coast line. "weighing of fate' - serious

thoughts of the future. "publish yourselves”—to show or

to expose. "offer yourselves"—the sea over

runs the marsh. "Tolerant plains”

generous, broad, liberal. "mightily won God out of Knowl

edge”-won thro' kindness and love, and broad-mindedness.

good out of infinite pain"-was

helped by suffering to become

noble and true. "build me a nest on the greatness

of God'-to establish himself on the principles of the great

Power. "lay me a-hold on the greatness

of God'—to lay hold of this Heavenly beauty and goodness

and greatness. “liberal marshes''-great, broad.

Thro' these he learned the beauty of greatness and of broad-mindedness in man, and from that to the greatness of God was but a natural step.

lends large” — sends its waters out in tides over the

marsh country twice a day. grace of the sea'—the generous

waters of the sea. "rosy and silvery essences”-re

lates to the color of the water in the channel, as determined by

the setting sun's rays. "passeth a hurrying sound of

wings' -a sound of wings hurry

ing past. “is in his ecstasy'l–the tide has

reached its highest point-it is the moment of accomplishment;

the task is finished. "Vast of the Lord' —The influ

ence of God upon men is compared to that of the tides of the

sea upon the marshes. "waking ken”_Who can tell us

the meaning of our dreams?

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PART III

ORATIONS AND PATRIOTIC SELECTIONS

Stirred up with high hopes of living to be brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God and famous to all ages."

JOHN MILTON,

PART III.

ORATIONS AND PATRIOTIC SELECTIONS

REGULUS BEFORE THE ROMAN SENATE

EPES SARGENT

It ill becomes me, Senators of Rome, me, Regulus, after having 80 often stood in this venerable assembly, clothed with the supreme dignity of the republic, to stand before you to-day, a captive,

the captive of Carthage. Though outwardly free, yet the heaviest. 5 of chains, the pledge of a Roman Consul, makes me the bondsman

of the Carthaginians. They have my promise to return to them in the event of the failure of this their embassy.

But, Conscript Fathers, Senators, there is but one course to be pursued. Abandon all thought of peace! Reject the overtures 10 of Carthage! Reject them wholly and unconditionally! What?

What? Give back to her a thousand able-bodied men, and receive in return this one, attenuated, war-worn, fever-wasted frame,this weed, whitened in a dungeon's darkness, pale and' sapless,

which no kindness of the sun, no softness of the summer breeze, 15 can ever restore to life and vigor? It must not, shall not be!

Oh, were Regulus what he was once, before captivity had unstrung his sinews and enervated his limbs, he might pause; he might think he were worth a thousand of the foe; he might say, “Make

the exchange, Rome shall not lose by it!" But now, alas, 'tis 20 gone,—that impetuosity of strength which could once make him

a leader indeed, to penetrate a phalanx, or guide a pursuit. His very armor would be a burden now! His battlecry would be drowned in the din of onset! His sword would fall harmless upon his opponent's shield !

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