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In the marsh region what is ‘‘ lord Of the land’’?

Wh a t 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 7

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 you like this poem 3 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.

Words and Phrases for Discussion.

“glimmering” “Vanishing” “swerving” “‘Like a lane into heaven that leads from a dream” “Bending your beauty aside” * “intricate channels'’ “uttermost creeks’’ “Glynn’’—a county in Georgia which borders on the Atlantic. “live oak’’—a species of oak found along the coasts of the southern states. ‘‘catholic man’’—a broad-minded Iman. “‘braided dusks” — shadows of branches crossing one another. “‘woven shades’’—shadows interlacing. “riotous noonday sun” — beating down hard. “ye held me fast in your heart”— attracted and delighted me. ‘‘I held you fast in mine”—loved, enjoyed. “‘riot is rest”—the heat of the day is past, all is quiet. “a-wait”—waiting.

‘‘ponderous gate”—vast western horizon at sunset. “wood aisle’’—path of sun's rays in the woods at sunset. ‘‘drunken the soul of the oak”— absorbed its strength. “scythe of time”—symbol of death. ‘‘trowel of trade’’—symbol of industry. ‘‘ belief overmasters doubt”—inner confidence, faith takes the place of uncertainty. ‘‘I know that I know ’’—become self-confident thro’ a Power greater than self. “My spirit grows to a lordly great compass within”—My soul becomes its own confident guide, relying on a Power greater than self. - “When length was fatigue’’— tiresome to look at—he was unable to understand it. “‘breadth was but bitterness sore’’ —so vast as to be disappointing and beyond his ability to know and control.

“drew over me out of the merciless 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. **Eor 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 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 overruns the marsh. ‘‘Tolerant plains” generous, broad, liberal. “mightily won God out of Knowledge’’—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”—relates 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 hurrying 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 influence 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?

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 so often stood in this venerable assembly, clothed with the supreme dignity of the republic, to stand before you to-day, a captive, L 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 Fathérs, 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 bel 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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