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4. A sob floats out to the summer air
With the song-bird's latest trill ;
And the delicate hands are still.
5. “Ah! beauty of earth is naught, is naught !
And a gilded youth is vain !
By the soldier's couch of pain !
6. “I have read of another * whose passing shade
On their pillows the mangled kissed
And the gold from her slender wrist.
7. The bird still sings in his gilded cage ;
But the Angel in her heart
While the Patriot's wounds still smart !
8. Fiber by fiber, shred by shred,
Still fall from her delicate hand
In the lap of a summer land.
9. There are crimson stains on breasts and brows,
And fillets in ghastly coils ;
Through the chamber where she toils.
10. No glitter of gold on her slender wrist,
Nor gem in her roseate ears ; * Florence Nightingale, an English lady, who cared for her country's soldiers in the Crimean war, in 1854.
Eut a recth and a beauty all divine
isd tar gems are the soldier's tears.
be:"? a “serad“? What are “ feathery films "? Why is the sacramed the “Tanishing snow”? What person is Sociencinis selection?
Sand Stansa. Whisbead the jewels" be mentioned? What kind of fewe's are they? What is meant by “roseate ears "? What are on her “utiss"? her “hands"? What are “gems of
Third Stana. Waris the “bind"mentioned? What is a "casement"? What is io "giint"? What is the cause of the “tear”? What is a “diamord radiance"?
Fourth Stansa. What is the song-bird's “ latest trill "? Explain the third and fourth lizes What is “gossamer "? "drapery"? Why do the hands become "still"? What kind of hands are “dericate hards"?
Fifth Stansa. What is meant by the statement that "beauty is naught?" Who says it? What is a “ gilded youth”? Is anything said to prove that beauty of earth is naught? How can a “scarred face " be beautiful?
Sixth Stansa. What did the “mangled ” kiss? Why are there “no more tears”? Why does she “pluck the gems from her delicate ears”? What do you think was done with the "gems and gold”?
Ninth Stanza. What place is described in this stanza? What are “ghastly coils"? What takes place between the pictures presented in the sixth and ninth stanzas ? What is the meaning of "ever" in the fourth line ?
What lesson is taught in this poem? What is its general sentiment? How then ought the piece to be read?
CX.-SCENE FROM KING JOHN.
Enter HUBERT, and two Attendants.
Within the arras : when I strike my foot
Fast to the chair : be heedful. Hence, and watch.
[Exeunt Attendants). Young lad, come forth ; I have to say with you.
Good morrow, little prince.
To be more prince) as may be.—You are sad.
Mercy on me!
Hubert [Aside.] If I talk to him, with his innocent prate
He will awake my mercy, which lies dead:
Therefore I will be sudden, and dispatch.
In sooth, I would you were a little sick;
I warrant I love you more than you do me.
Turning dispiteous torture out of door ?
Can you not read it? is it not fairwrit?
Must you with hot irons burn out both mine eyes?
And will you ?
And I will.
So much as frown on you?
I have sworn to do it, And with hot irons must I burn them out.
Arthur. Ah! none but in this iron age would do it.
The iron of itself, though heat red hot,
I would not have believed him ; no tongue but Hubert's. Hubert. Come forth.
[Stamps.] Re-enter Attendants, with cord, irons, &c. Do as I bid you do. Arthur. O! save me, Hubert, save me! my eyes are out,
Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men. Hubert. Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here. Arthur. Alas! what need you be so boisterous-rough?
I will not struggle; I will stand stone-still.
Whatever torment you do put me to. Hubert. Go, stand within ; let me alone with him. 1st Attendant. I am best pleased to be from such a deed.
[Exeunt Attendants.] Arthur. Alas! I then have chid away my friend ;
He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart.-
Give life to yours.
Come, boy, prepare yourself.
None, but to lose your eyes. Arthur. O heaven !-that there were but a mote in yours,
A grain, a dust, a wandering hair,