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So soft beneath their feet;
A music clear and sweet.
And buttercups are coming,
And scarlet columbine,
The dandelions shine.
And just as many daisies
As their soft hands can hold,
All fair in white and gold.
Here blows the warm, red clover,
There peeps the violet blue; 0, happy little children,
God made them all for you.
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions What trees are mentioned in this Name some spring flowers which poem?
are not mentioned anywhere in What flowers are mentioned ?
this poem. Where do these flowers grow! Can you think of any reason the What colors do you see when you author may bave had for choosread the fourth stanza?
ing the flowers which she menWhat colors do you see when you tions? read the fifth stanza?
For whom does the poem tell us Why is the violet described as these beautiful flowers were peeping?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: al'-der
I COME, I come! ye have called me long-
I have breathed on the South, and the chestnut flowers
And the pine has a fringe of softer green,
I have sent through the wood-paths a growing sigh,
From the streams and founts I have loosed the chain,
Come forth, 0 ye children of gladness! come!
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions How may the steps of spring be Read the lines from the second traced ?
stanza which tell where spring How does the wind tell that the has been and the result of her violets are in bloom
Where does the third stanza tell | What bird is mentioned in conus that spring has been?
nection with the Iceland lakes ? What was the result of her visit Why is not a singing bird menthere
tioned instead of this bird ? Why could not the fisher go out What was the chain which bound before spring came?
the streams before the coming What places mentioned in the of spring ?
fourth stanza show how far | Select the words from the fifth spring has traveled ?
stanza which tell of the moveWhat is the name of the night ment of the waters.
bird” which sings through the Read the line which you like best “starry time''?
in this stanza.
Words and Phrases for Study
an'-cient (shěnt) tăs'-sels
trāce-to follow by some mark, foosteps, or tracks. ré-sounds'—to throw back the sound; to echo. sprāy-water or other liquid flying in small drops.
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JACK IN THE PULPIT
CLARA SMITH Clara Smith is not a well-known writer, but her poem “Jack in the Pulpit” is full of beauty.
Just over the way,
Squirrel and song-sparrow,
High on their perch, Hear the sweet lily-bells
Ringing to church.
Rises to say
This calm Sabbath day.
Drooping and sad; Great yellow violets,
Smiling out glad; Buttercups' faces,
Beaming and bright; Clovers with bonnets,
Some red and some white; Daisies, their white fingers
Half-clasped in prayer; Dandelions, proud of
The gold of their hair; Innocents, children
Guileless and frail, Meek little faces
Upturned and pale; Wildwood geraniums,
All in their best, Languidly leaning,
In purple gauze dressedAll are assembled
This sweet Sabbath day To hear what the priest
In his pulpit will say.