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9.- The Discoverer.

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a-vēr', declare, affirm.

uīşe, appearance, mien. ehrğs'o-līte, a beautiful green kĩnş'man, relative. precious stone.

peerş, persons of equal rank. fâre, live and act.

těth'er, limits, furthest reach.


This beautifully tender poem is by Edmund Clarence Stedman (b. 1833), a native of Connecticut. Mr. Stedman's poetry exhibits many moods, but is always refined and artistic, and sometimes exceedingly powerful. In a prose volume (“The Victorian Poets”) he has shown himself one of the most subtle and discriminating of modern critics.

(1) Drake (Sir Francis); Frobisher (Sir Martin): these were famous English navigators of the sixteenth century. - (1) winged pilot: the Angel of Death. - (1) hoary Mimer's well and tree in the Scandinavian mythology were placed in the far north, “in that mysterious meeting-place of sea and sky:" Mimer was the guardian of “Wisdom's Well." — (3) pricking of his chart: refers to the tracing of a ship's course by means of punctures on a chart. -- (4) in the groves is taught: an allusion to the grove of Academus, near Athens, under whose olives and plane trees Plato and his followers, called Academic philosophers, taught. — (4) farthest Indies: an allusion to the ancient Hindu lore.

1. I have a little kinsman

Whose earthly summers are but three,
And yet a voyager is he
Greater than Drake or Frobisher,
Than all their peers together!
He is a brave discoverer,
And, far beyond the tether
Of them who seek the frozen Pole,

Has sailed where the noiseless surges roll.

Ay, he has traveled whither
A wingéd pilot steered his bark
Through the portals of the dark,
Past hoary Mimer's well and tree,

Across the unknown sea.

2. Suddenly, in his fair young hour,

Came one who bore a flower,
And laid it in his dimpled hand

With this command :
“ Henceforth thou art a rover!
Thou must make a voyage far,
Sail beneath the evening star,
And a wondrous land discover.”
- With his sweet smile innocent

Our little kinsman went.

3. Since that time no word
From the absent has been heard.

Who can tell
How he fares, or answer well
What the little one has found
Since he left us, outward bound?
Would that he might return!
Then we should learn
From the pricking of his chart

How the skyey roadways part.
Hush! does not the baby this way bring,

To lay beside this severed curl,

Some starry offering
Of chrysolite or pearl ?

4. Ah, no! not so!
We may follow on his track,

But he comes not back.

And yet I dare aver
He is a brave discoverer
Of climes his elders do not know.
He has more learning than appears
On the scroll of twice three thousand years,
More than in the groves is taught,
Or from farthest Indies brought;
He knows, perchance, how spirits fare,
What shapes the angels wear,
What is their guise and speech
In those lands beyond our reach, -

And his eyes behold
Things that shall never, never be to mortal hearers


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1. What expression (1) means, who is only three years old? What is the allusion in “who seek the frozen Pole" (1) ? What lines in stanza 1 mean, he has died? What is meant by “one who bore a flower" (2) ?

Give synonyms of: voyager ; surges ; bark; command ; return ; severed. Write the analysis of: voyager; discoverer; unknown; noiseless.

Write the analysis of: portal (porta); severed (parare); mortal (mors).

II. In stanza 1 select a complex sentence. Select an exclamativa sentence in stanza 3. Analyze: “We may follow on his track, but he comes not back.''

Arrange in the prose order: “And yet a voyager is he greater than Drake or Frobisher."

III. The fact expressed in this poem is that a child has died: what beautiful strain of imagery does the poet use to convey this? Point out what you consider fine uses of this image. Select skillfully chosen describing words (epithets), as severed curl” (stanza 3). Note the arrangement of words in “sweet smile innocent."

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10. — Six Chinese Proverbs.

greāt, of high station.

| small, in humble life.

1. If a man has not done any thing wrong, a knock may come at dead of night, and he will not be startled.

2. Think of your own faults the first part of the night (when you are awake), and of the faults of others the latter part of the night (when you are asleep).

3. Even if you should be uncivil to a great man, be sure that you are respectful to a small man.

4. To go a long journey to offer incense in a distant temple, is not so good as showing kindness near home.

5. Use men as you use wood: if one inch is rotten, you do not throw away the whole piece.

6. Do not unto others what you would not have them do to you.

11. – Knickerbocker Life in New York.

am-phib'i-oŭs, capable of living et'i-quětte, laws of politeness. in both water and air.

grîş'ly, frightful, terrible. bûrgh'er, a well-to-do citizen. no-blěsse', aristocracy. eom-mū'ni-ty, possession in com- prī-mē'val, belonging to early

times. Dělft, or dělf, white earthenware rhom'boids, oblique-angled parof Delft, Holland.




The following is an extract from Irving's “ History of New York, by Diedrich Knickerbocker.” Knickerbocker was a purely imaginary author, but the popularity of the book caused the name to be given to the old Dutch families of New York. Washington Irving (born in the city of New York in 1783, and died 1859) is the most classic of American authors. He is distinguished for his graceful style, rich humor, and simple pathos. — (2) St. Nicholas, the Santa Claus of the Dutch.

- (4) sanctum sanc-tor'um (sănk'tum sănk-tõr'um, Latin, “holy of holies”), hence the most private apartment.

1. In those good old days of simplicity and sunshine, a passion for cleanliness was the leading principle in domestic economy, and the universal test of an able housewife.

2. The front door was never opened, except for marriages, funerals, New Year's Day, the festival of St. Nicholas, or some such great occasion. It was ornamented with a gorgeous brass knocker, which was curiously wrought, - sometimes in the device of a dog, and sometimes in that of a lion's head, — and daily burnished with such religious zeal, that it was often

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