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J. G. HOLLAND. 1. Heaven is not gained at a single bound;

But we build the ladder by which we rise

From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round.

2. I count this thing to be grandly true,

That a noble deed is a step towards God,
Lifting the soul from the common sod
To purer air and broader view.

3. We rise by things that are 'neath our feet;

By what we have mastered of good and gain ;

By the pride deposed and the passion slain, And the vanquished ills that we hourly meet.

4. We hope, we aspire, we resolve, we trust,

· When the morning calls us to life and light,

But our hearts grow weary, and, ere the night, Our lives are trailing the sordid dust.

5. We hope, we resolve, we aspire, we pray,

And we think that we mount the air on wings

Beyond the recall of sensual things, While our feet still cling to the heavy clay.

6. Wings for the angels, but feet for the men !

We may borrow the wings to find the way,

We may hope and resolve and aspire and pray, But our feet must rise, or we fall again.

7. Only in dreams is a ladder thrown

From the weary earth to the sapphire walls;

But the dreams depart, and the vision falls, And the sleeper wakes on his pillow of stone.

8. Heaven is not reached at a single bound;
- But we build the ladder by which we rise

From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round.

QUESTIONS.—What lesson is this poem 'each ? Show clearly what it is.

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First Stanza.

What does “heaven” mean, in the first line? What “ ladder" is meant, in the second line? What are the “ vaulted skies”?

Second Stanza.

What is meant by being “grandly true”? What is the meaning of the second line? What is spoken of as “lifting the soul"? What is meant by this? Does the doing of a good deed help us to see the truth more clearly than before, and to see more of it ? Explain the last line. What is the advantage of “ pure air "?

Third Stanza. Explain the first line. What is meant by “ the pride deposed”? “the passion slain "? How may pride be deposed ? How may passion be slain ? Explain the last line.

Fourth Stanza.

Tell as carefully as you can in your own language the meaning of this stanza.

Seventh Stanza.

Find in the Bible the story alluded to in this stanza. What is the meaning of the stanza ? Point out the beauty and aptness of the comparison.


1. Of all the thoughts of God that are
Borne inward unto souls afar,

Along the Psalmist's music deep,
Now tell me if there any is,
For gift or grace, surpassing this

He giveth His beloved, sleep!

2. What would we give to our beloved ?
The hero's heart, to be unmoved,

The poet's star-tuned harp, to sweep,
The patriot's voice, to teach and rouse,
The monarch's crown, to light the brows?

He giveth His belovéd, sleep.

3. What do we give to our beloved ?
A little faith all undisproved,

A little dust to overweep,
And bitter memories to make
The whole earth blasted for our sake.-

He giveth His beloved, sleep.

4. “Sleep soft, beloved !” we sometimes say,
But have no time to charm away

Sad dreams that through the eyelids creep.
But never doleful dream again
Shall break the happy slumber when

He giveth His belovéd, sleep.

5. () earth, so full of dreary noises !
O men, with wailing in your voices !

O delvéd gold, the wailers heap!
O strife, O curse, that o'er it fall !
God strikes a silence through you all,

And giveth His belovéd, sleep.

6. His dews drop mutely on the hill ;
His cloud above it saileth still,

Though on its slope men sow and reap.
More softly than the dew is shed,
Or cloud is floated overhead,

He giveth His beloved, sleep.

7. Ay, men may wonder while they scan
A living, thinking, feeling man

Confirmed in such a rest to keep;
But angels say, and through the word
I think their happy smile is heard-

“He giveth His beloved, sleep.”

8. For me, my heart that erst did go
Most like a tired child at a show,

That sees through tears the mummers leap,
Would now its wearied vision close,
Would childlike on His love repose

Who giveth His belovéd, sleep.

9. And, friends, dear friends,—when it shall be
That this low breath is gone from me,

And round my bier ye come to weep,
Let One, most loving of you all,
Say, “Not a tear must o'er her fall;

He giveth His beloved, sleep!”

QUESTIONS.—What kind of poetry is this? Is it joyous, sad, pathetic, plaintive? How much force does it require ? What degree of pitch? of speed ? What feelings ought to be expressed in the reading of it?

First Stanza.. What “ thought of God” is mentioned in this stanza ? What precedes in thought the word “of” at the beginning of the first line? Convert the stanza into prose so as to show this. What is the meaning of the word “afar,” and what does it modify ? Meaning of " for " in the fifth line?

Second Stanza. What is meant by the.“hero's heart” ? “the poet's startuned harp"? Why is it called “star-tuned”? What is declared about“ the hero's heart, the poet's harp, the patriot's voice, the monarch's crown?

Third Stanza. Explain the second, third, fourth, and fifth lines, and show how they answer the question in the first line. What is the meaning of the word “undisproved”? “overweep”?

Fifth Stanza. What part of speech is the word “heap" in the third line? What is the meaning of “delvéd”? Compare the fourth and fifth stanzas, and show the difference which the author points out between us and God.

Seventh Stanza. What is the meaning of “scan”? Why “may men wonder,” and at what?

Eighth Stanza. What is the meaning of the word “mummers "? To whom is it applied in this stanza?


Wolsey. Farewell ! a long farewell, to all my greatness !

This is the state of man : to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honors thick upon him :
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening,-nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,

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