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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 ship that misbehaves, not a keel that grates the ground, Not a spar that comes to grief The peril, see, is past. 80 All are harbored to the last, And just as Hervé Riel hollas “Anchor" sure as fate, Up the English come, too late 1
So, the storm subsides to calm :
Then said Damfreville, “My friend,
110 Demand whate'er you will, France remains your debtor still. Ask to heart's content, and have 1 or my name's not Damfreville.”
Then a beam of fun outbroke On the bearded mouth that spoke, 115 As the honest heart laughed through 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 may— Since the others go ashore— Come! 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:
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Find on your map: Saint Malo, le | What forfeit did Hervé Riel proCroisic (St. Croisic), Plymouth pose in case he failed to pilot Sound, Paris. the ships safely inf
The splendor falls on castle walls And snowy summits, old in story; The long light shakes across the lakes, And the wild cataract leaps in glory. 5 Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying; Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.
O, hark' O, hear ! how thin and clear,
O, sweet and far from cliff and scar,
0, love, they die in yon rich sky; They faint on hill or field or river. 15 Our echoes roll from soul to soul, And grow forever and forever. Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying; And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.
HELPS TO STUDY Notes and Questions Why does the poet use “splendor” | Line 16—They “die” and “faint”
instead of “sun-set,” and ‘‘sum- while “our echoes” “roll” and
mits’’ instead of “‘mountains’’? “grow.” Note that “grow” is Iline 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 ' '4
Words and Phrases for Discussion ** wild echoes” ‘‘horns of Elfland” ‘‘purple glens” ** cliff and Scar’’ “rich sky” THE BROOK
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
I ComE from haunts of coot and hern,
And sparkle out among the fern,