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So much for the preacher:

The sermon comes next,-
Shall we tell how he preached it

And where was his text ?
Alas ! like too many

Grown-up folks who play
At worship in churches

Man-builded today,
We heard not the preacher

Expound or discuss; .
But we looked at the people,

And they looked at us.
We saw all their dresses-

Their colors and shapes;
The trim of their bonnets,

The cut of their capes ;
We heard the wind-organ,

The bee, and the bird,
But of Jack in the pulpit

We heard not a word !


Notes and Questions What time of year is described | Which flower is most beautifully in this poem

described ? Read the lines Where is the perch of the squir which give the description. rel and song-sparrow?

| Why are we not told about the What flowers are in the congre sermon? gation?

What was the congregation doHow many of the flowers described ing during the sermon

in this poem are familiar to What did they see? What did you?

they hear? Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: pyl'-pit (pool) squir'-rěl

å-něm'-o-nės guile'-less ge-rao-ni-ằms gauze (gôz) lăn-guid-lý a-lás


fräil-easily broken; not firm; weak. ăs-sěm'-ble--to come together; to call together; to bring together. cälm-quiet; still; peaceful.


"Meek-faced anemones”
“his reverence”




Helen Hunt Jackson (1831-1885) was an American poet. She was born in Massachusetts, but she spent much of her life in California. Her poems are very beautiful.

THE golden-rod is yellow;

The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards

With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes

Are curling in the sun;
In dusky pods the milkweed

Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest

In every meadow-nook;
And asters by the brookside

Make asters in the brook.
Copyright, 1892, by Roberts Brothers.

From dewy lanes at morning

The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter

With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,

And autumn's best of cheer.


Notes and Questions Of what colors do you think when | Of what colors do you think you read the first stanza?

when you read the first two What color are the pods of the lines of the fourth stanza ? milkweed ?

Read the lines from the last What color is the silk of the stanza which tell us what Sepmilkweed ?

tember brings. In what is the silk hidden?

What things mentioned in this What is meant by the harvest of poem have you seen? the sedges?

Is this a description of SeptemHow are the "asters in the ber in the city or in the counbrook” made?


Words and Phrases for Study


gěn'-tian (shăn)



’-dor—any smell, fragrant or unpleasant. to'-ken-a sign; something intended to represent another thing.

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0, sun and skies and clouds of June

And flowers of June together,
Ye can not rival for one hour

October's bright blue weather.


When loud the bumblebee makes haste,

Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And golden-rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;


When gentians roll their fringes tight,

To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burs

Without a sound of warning;


When on the ground red apples lie

In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls

Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things

Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,

Late aftermaths are growing; * Copyright, 1892, by Roberts Brothers.

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When springs run low, and on the brooks,

In idle, golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush

Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,

By twos and twos together,
And count like misers hour by hour,

October's bright blue weather.


O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,

na andersonne,
Love loveth best of all the year

October's bright blue weather.


Notes and Questions

What comparison is made in the I description of the apples in

first stanza between June and “September.” October

Read the line which tells why What makes the weather in Octo the “gentians roll their fringes ber seem “bright blue''!

tight”. Why is the bumblebee described | What is the color of the woodbine as “loud'rg

leaves ? Why is he called “Belated, thrift- What are the lovely wayside less vagrant!

things” usually called ? Compare the description of the

| What do good comrades like to golden-rod in this poem with do in October ? the description of the golden- | How does a miser feel toward his rod in “September.”

gold? Compare the description of the

Why are we sorry to have Octoapples in this poem with the ber go?

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