In the marsh region what is | Explain: “Passeth a hurrying “lord of the land ''9

sound of wings that westward What characteristics of the whir."

marshes does the poet point out? What is the meaning of the last What comparisons are found in nine lines? lines fifty to fifty-five?

Do you like this poem? Why? To what does the poet compare What can you tell of the author the extent of the marshes of ! Point out parts that you like best, Glynn

Find examples of alliteration. ' In this region when does the flood Why does the poet repeat “I am tide come? What tells you

drawn''q Which picture in the poem do you Select lines that are especially like best?


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 dreamu"

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

absorbed its strength. "intricate channels"

"scythe of time!-symbol of “uttermost 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 man.

self-confident thro' a Power “braided dusks" - 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. "ye held me fast in your heart'- "When length was fatigue! attracted and delighted me.

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

"breadth was but bitterness sore"riot is rest”--the heat of the -50 vast as to be disappointing day is past, all is quiet.

and beyond his ability to know "a-wait"-waiting.

and control.

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“drew over me out of the merci. less miles

-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. "affable live oak” – friendly,

kindly. “lord 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 to gether 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. 66 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. "sea 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' —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



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


25 But if he cannot live, he can at least die, for his country.

Do not deny him this supreme consolation. Consider! Every indignity, every torture which Carthage shall heap on his dying hours, will be better than a trumpet's call to your armies. They

will remember only Regulus, their fellow-soldier and their leader. 30 They will forget his defeats. They will regard only his services to

the Republic. Tunis, Sicily, Sardinia, every well-fought field, won by his blood and theirs, will flash on their remembrance and kindle their avenging wrath!

And so shall Regulus, though dead, fight as he never fought 35 before against the foe.

Conscript Fathers, there is another theme,-my family. Forgive the thought. To you and to Rome, I commit them. I leave no legacy but my name, no testament but my example.

And you, ambassadors of Carthage, now in this august presence, 40 I have spoken, not as you expected. I am your captive. Lead me

back to whatever fate may await me. Doubt not that you shall find that to Roman hearts country is dearer than life, and integrity more precious than freedom.

Epes Sargent, 1812-1880, was an American author and journalist. For a number of years he was editor of the “Boston Evening Transcript.

Historical: Regulus was a celebrated Roman general. As consul he led the Roman forces against the Carthaginians and defeated them in a number of engagements, but finally was himself defeated and taken prisoner by the Carthaginians. After five years of captivity he was sent to Rome to negotiate for peace and an exchange of prisoners. Though he had been promised his liberty, if the Romans should accept the treaty, yet when he appeared before the Roman senate, he denounced the terms most emphatically. Accordingly he returned to Carthage, where he suffered a cruel death.



The beams of the rising sun had gilded the lofty domes of Carthage, and given, with its rich and mellow light, a tinge of beauty even to the frowning ramparts of the outer harbor.

Sheltered by the verdant shores, a hundred triremes were riding 5 proudly at their anchors, their brazen beaks glittering in the sun, their streamers dancing in the morning breeze, while many a shattered plank and timber gave evidence of desperate conflict with the fleets of Rome.

No murmur of business or of revelry arose from the city. The 10 artisan had forsaken his shop, the judge his tribunal, the priest

the sanctuary, and even the stern stoic had come forth from his retirement to mingle with the crowd that, anxious and agitated, were rushing toward the senate-house, startled by the report that

Regulus had returned to Carthage. 15 Onward, still onward, trampling each other under foot, they

rushed, furious with anger, and eager for revenge. Fathers were there, whose sons were groaning in fetters; maidens, whose lovers, weak and wounded, were dying in the dungeons of Rome, and

gray-haired men and matrons, whom the Roman sword had left 20 childless.

But when the stern features of Regulus were seen, and his colossal form towering above the ambassadors who had returned with him from Rome; when the news passed from lip to lip that

the dreaded warrior, so far from advising the Roman senate to 25 consent to an exchange of prisoners, had urged them to pursue,

with exterminating vengeance, Carthage and Carthaginians,—the multitude swayed to and fro like a forest beneath a tempest, and the rage and hate of that tumultuous throng vented itself

in groans, and curses, and yells of vengeance. 30 But calm, cold, and immovable as the marble walls around

him, stood the Roman; and he stretched out his hand over that

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