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HAST thou a charm to stay the Morning-Star
Rave ceaselessly; but thou, most awful form!
O dread and silent mount! I gazed upon thee,
Didst vanish from my thought: entranc'd in prayer
Yet, like some sweet beguiling melody,
So sweet we know not we are listening to it,
Thou, the meanwhile, wast blending with my thought,
As in her natural form, swell'd vast to Heaven!
Awake, my soul! not only passive praise
Or when they climb the sky, or when they sink:
Companion of the morning-star at dawn,
And you, ye five wild torrents, fiercely glad!
Your strength, your speed, your fury, and your joy,
And who commanded (and the silence came),
Ye ice-falls! ye that from the mountain's brow
Who made you glorious as the gates of Heaven
God! sing ye meadow-streams with gladsome voice!
Ye livery flowers that skirt th' eternal frost!
Utter forth God, and fill the hills with praise!
Once more, hoar mount! with thy sky-pointing peaks,
Oft from whose feet the Avalanche,1 unheard,
Slow travelling with dim eyes suffus'd with tears,
To rise before me-Rise, O ever rise,
Rise like a cloud of incense, from the earth!
1. Why seems the morning star to pause on the mountain top?
2. Name the principal rivers in the vale? 3. Are these the only rivers there ? 4. What sort of trees abound at the foot of the mountain ?
5. How high does the mountain lift its head into the air?
6. Is the air around the summit really an ebon mass?
7. What gives it the dark appearance? 8. Is "calm home" correctly descriptive of the sky at the summit?
9. At what height in the air do storms usually rage?
10. Is the word eternity in line 12th strictly correct?
11. Substitute the correct word. 12. What was the effect of the poet's long and steady gaze at the mountain ?
13. What mean you by the soul in her natural form?
20. Change the conjunctions in line 33rd. 21. Is Mont Blanc the highest point of the Alps?
22. Where will the rosy beams of morning first light?
23. Name the heralds of the dawn? 24. Name the questions in lines 37, 38, 39.
25. Whence have the five torrents their source?
26. How many questions are asked of the torrents?
27. What is the answer to them all? 28. By what agent does God stiffen the billows?
29. What do the icefalls seem in the poet's eye?
30. Name the colours of which light is made up.
31. Show that the icefalls are glorious in the moonlight.
32. Enumerate the questions put to the
14. In what state was the soul of man icefalls. originally?
15. Did he then see God in everything? 16. Are tears, thanks, ecstasy, passive or active praise ?
17. What active praise does the poet propose to give?
18. Do stars rise in the east and set in the west just like the sun?
19. Explain lines 31st and 32nd.
33. With what voice are the torrents to answer?
34. What objects echo the shout?
36. Why is the 3rd personal pronoun used in speaking of the piles of snow? (Ans. They are so far above human reach, that he cannot speak to them, he must speak of them.)
1 Avalanches are the most dangerous and terrible phenomena to which the valleys embosomed between high snow-topped mountain-ranges are exposed. They are especially frequent in the Alps owing to the steepness of their declivities, but they are also known in other mountain regions, as in the Pyrenees and in Norway. They originate in the higher region of the mountains, when the accumulation of snow becomes so great that the inclined plane on which the mass rests cannot any longer support it. It is then pushed down the declivity by its own weight, and precipitated into the subjacent valley, where it often destroys forests and villages, buries men and cattle, and sometimes fills up the rivers and stops their course.-Knight's Cyclopædia.
37. With what voice does the avalanche | heard in its descent from these peaks to speak? the clouds ?
38. What destruction do avalanches sometimes occasion ?
39. Why "livery flowers"?
40. What is said of the wild goats,-of the eagles, of the lightnings?
41. How high up do clouds usually rest? (Ans. Clouds are most frequently less than a mile in height).
42. Are not the "sky-pointing peaks" much higher than this?
43. Will the avalanche be seen and
44. Why will they not be seen and heard there?
45. What are the duties of an ambassador?
46. In what way are these done by this mountain?
47. By what titles is the mountain addressed in the last few lines?
48. What were the duties of the ancient High Priest in the Temple ?
49. What is this Hierarch called on to do?
XXVIII.-LINES TO A MOUSE.
Beastie-little beast. The termina-
Win's-winds. The final conson-
Hald-abiding place, home.
Daimen icker-an ear of corn oc- Thole-endure.
Lave-leaving, the rest.
Wee bit housie-little bit of a house.
No' thy lane-not alone.
Gang aft a-gley-go often wrong.
WEE, sleekit, cowerin, timorous beastie,
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Which maks thee startle
At me, thy poor earth-born companion,
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin' wi' the lave,
And never miss't!
Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin',
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter pass'd
That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble