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Clears the entry like a hound,
Keeps the passage, as its inch of way were the wide sea's profound! 75 See, safe thro' shoal and rock,
How they follow in a flock,
Not a spar that comes to grief !
And just as Hervé Riel hollas “Anchor !” sure as fate,
They see the green trees wave
Hearts that bled are stanched with balm. “Just our rapture to enhance,
Let the English rake the bay, Gnash their teeth and glare askance 90 As they cannonade away!
’Neath rampired Solidor pleasant riding on the Rance !" How hope succeeds despair on each captain's countenance ! Out burst all with one accord,
"This is paradise for hell! 95 Let France, let France's king,
Thank the man that did the thing !" What a shout, and all one word,
“Hervé Riel !” As he stepped in front once more; 100 Not a symptom of surprise
In the frank blue Breton eyes,Just the same man as before.
Then said Damfreville, "My friend,
I must speak out at the end,
Praise is deeper than the lips :
You must name your own reward.
Demand whate'er you will,
On the bearded mouth that spoke,
Those frank eyes of Breton blue:“Since I needs must say my say,
Since on board the duty's done,
And from Malo Roads to Croisic Point, what is it but a run! 120 Since 'tis ask and have, I maySince the others
ashoreCome! A good whole holiday!
Leave to go and see my wife, whom I call the Belle Aurore !"
That he asked and that he got,—nothing more. 125 Name and deed alike are lost: Not a pillar nor a post
In his Croisic keeps alive the feat as it befell; Not a head in white and black
On a single fishing-smack, 130 In memory of the man but for whom had gone to wrack All that France saved from the fight whence England bore the
bell. Go to Paris : rank on rank
Search the heroes flung pell-mell On the Louvre, face and flank! 135
You shall look long enough ere you come to Hervé Riel. So, for better and for worse, Hervé Riel, accept my verse! In my verse, Hervé Riel, do thou once more Save the squadron, honor France, love thy wife the Belle Aurore !
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Notes and Questions
Find on your map: Saint Malo, le
Croisic (St. Croisic), Plymouth
What forfeit did Hervé Riel pro
pose in case he failed to pilot the ships safely in
The splendor falls on castle walls
And snowy summits, old in story;
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
0, hark! 0, hear! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, farther going !
0, sweet and far from cliff and scar,
The horns of Elfland, faintly blowing !
0, love, they die in yon rich sky.;
They faint on hill or field or river.
And grow forever and forever.
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Notes and Questions Why does the poet use “splendor” Line 16—They "die” and “faint"
instead of "sun-set,” and “sum while "our echoes” 66 roll” and
mits' instead of "mountains''g “grow.” Note that “grow" is Line 2–What is meant by “old the important word. in story''
Note the refrain and the changes Line 3—Why does the poet use in its use; in the first stanza"shakes")
the bugle; in the second-the Line 13—To what does "they” echo; in the third-the spiritual relate
echo. Line 15—Explain.
Point out lines that have rhyme Line 15—Why does the poet use within themselves. “roll”,
Words and Phrases for Discussion "wild echoes''
"horns of Elfland' "purple glens" “cliff and scar". "rich sky''
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
I COME from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally,
To bicker down a valley.