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Charles Mackay (1814-1889) was a Scotch poet. For some years he was editor of the “Glasgow Argus”) and afterwards he became editor of the “Illustrated London News.” During the Civil War he was the special correspondent of the “London Times” at New York. He wrote many poems of interest to young people.
In the days when the earth was young;
The strokes of his hammer rung;
On the iron glowing clear,
As he fashioned the sword and spear.
Hurrah for the spear and sword !
For he shall be king and lord.”
To Tubal Cain came many a one,
As he wrought by his roaring fire,
As the crown of his desire;
Till they shouted loud in glee,
And spoils of forest free.
Who hath given us strength anew!
And hurrah for the metal true !"
But a sudden change came o’er his heart
Ere the setting of the sun,
For the evil he had done.
Made war upon their kind;
In their lust for carnage, blind.
Or that skill of mine should plan,
Is to slay their fellow-man!"
Sat brooding o’er his woe;
And his furnace smouldered low;
And a bright, courageous eye,
While the quick flames mounted high ;
And the red sparks lit the air,“Not alone for the blade was the bright steel made,”—
And he fashioned the first plowshare.
And men, taught wisdom from the past,
In friendship joined their hands, Hung the sword in the hall, the spear on the wall,
And plowed the willing lands; And sang, "Hurrah for Tubal Cain!
Our stanch good friend is he;
To him our praise shall be.
Or a tyrant would be lord,
We'll not forget the sword.”
HELPS TO STUDY
Historical: Tubal Cain was one of the sons of Lamech, a descend. ant of Cain. Tubal Cain and his two brothers, Jabal and Jubal, are remembered because of inventions believed to have been made by them. Jabal was the “father of such as dwell in tents and of such as have cattle,” that is, he was the first wandering herdsman. Jubal was the “father of all such as handle the harp and organ." Tubal Cain was an “instructor of every artificer in brass and iron,” that is, he was the first smith. These men lived in the days before the flood and all that we really know of their history is given in the fourth chapter of Genesis.
Notes and Questions What time is meant by othe, What did they do with the weap
days when the earth was ons which Tubal Cain made for young''?
them? What did Tubal Cain "fashion”! | How did this make him feel? or make?
Read the lines which tell this. Read the lines which tell what What did he then invent? he sang as he worked.
How did this invention help manWhat did he say the man who kind?
could best use the spear and What did men do with the swords sword would become?
and spears after Tubal Cain How could this be possible ?
gave them his later invention? What did all the men who came What do you think was the to Tubal Cain want?
“wisdom” which men learned Read the lines which tell what from the time of strife and they sang.
Words and Phrases for Study
i-ron (i'-urn) sword (sõrd)
ē'-vil (v'l) wield (wēld)
skill-great ability; expertness.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
"spoils of forest”.
THE BROWN THRUSH
Lucy Larcom (1826-1893) was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her father was a ship captain. She taught school for twenty years.
“THERE's a merry brown thrush sitting up in a tree
He's singing to me! he's singing to me!” And what does he say, little girl, little boy ? “Oh, the world's running over with joy!
Don't you hear ? Don't you see?
Hush! Look! In my tree,
And the brown thrush keeps singing—“A nest do you see,
And five eggs, hid by me in the juniper-tree? Don't meddle! don't touch ! little girl, little boy, Or the world will lose some of its joy.
Now I'm glad! Now I'm free!
And I always shall be,
To you and to me, to you and to me;
But long it won't be,
Don't you know? 'don't you see?
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions
Who is supposed to be speaking | Read the answer to the question
in the first two lines of this in the first stanza. poem?
Why is the little bird so happy Who asks the question in the What will make him unhappy! third line?
How can you help to make the Who answers the question ?
world run over with joy!
Words and Phrases for Study VOCABULARY:
měd'-dle—to disturb another's property without permission. měr'-rý-cheerful; happy; laughingly gay.