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And no unworthy aim,
The homely nurse doth all she can To make her foster-child, her inmate man,
Forget the glories he hath known, And that imperial palace whence he came.
And this hath now his heart,
Then will he fit his tongue
But it will not be long
Ere this be thrown aside,
And with new joy and pride
86, 87. the child ... A six years' darling.
Though the idea applies to
worth had in his mind a par.
LITERARY ANALYSIS. - 78-85. Express in your own words the idea in stanza vi.
78. Alls her lap. What is the figure of speech? (See Def. 20.) 82, 83. homely nurse ... foster-child. Explain these expressions. 89. Fretted. What is the meaning of the word as here used? 102. The little actor cons, etc. Is the language here literal or figurative?
Filling from time to time his “humorous stage”
Thy soul's immensity !
Mighty prophet! Seer blest,
On whom those truths do rest,
104. persons = Lat. persona.
LITERARY ANALYSIS.-103. “humorous stage.” From what author is this expression quoted ?
107. Thou. See note to lines 86, 87.
116. This line was omitted by the author in a later edition. It is wanted for the rhyme's sake.
125. thy soul shall have, etc. What is the figure of speech? 126. custom. Explain the word as here used.
What was so fugitive.
Not for these I raise
of thanks and praise ;
Blank misgivings of a creature
But for those first affections,
Those shadowy recollections,
Which, be they what they may,
Uphold us, cherish, and have power to make
To perish never;
LITERARY ANALYSIS.-140. obstinate questionings. See Wordsworth's note, page 300.
142. Fallings from us, vanishings: that is, fits of utter dreaminess and abstraction, when nothing material seems solid, but everything mere mist and shadow.
153. seem moments: that is, seem but moments.
Nor man nor boy,
Hence, in a season of calm weather,
Though inland far we be,
Which brought us hither,
Can in a moment travel thither,
And let the young lambs bound
As to the tabor's sound !
Ye that pipe and ye that play,
Feel the gladness of the May!
We will grieve not-rather find
In the faith that looks through death,
LITERARY ANALYSIS.—160-166. The pupil will observe the grandeur of the thought imaged in these splendid lines, which should be committed to memory.
167-169. Then sing ... sound. What kind of sentence grammatically?
And O ye fountains, meadows, hills, and groves,
Is lovely yet;
LITERARY ANALYSIS.—189. only. What does the word modify?
NOTE BY WORDSWORTH. - This was composed during my residence at Town-End, Grasmere. Two years at least passed between the writing of the first four stanzas and the remaining part. To the attentive and competent reader the whole sufficiently explains itself, but there may be no harm in adverting here to particular feelings or experiences of my own mind on which the structure of the poem partly rests. Nothing was more difficult for me in childhood than to admit the notion of death as a state applicable to my own being. I have elsewhere said,
A simple child
But it was not so much from the source of animal vivacity that my difficulty came as from a sense of the indomitableness of the spirit within me. I used to brood over the stories of Enoch and Elijah, and almost persuade myself that, whatever might become of others, I should be translated in something of the same way to heaven. With a feeling congenial to this, I was often unable to think of external things as having external existence, and I com