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Words and Phrases for Study


frā'-grant thrift'-less

freight-ing (frāt)

winged (wingd)


com’-răde-companion; associate. ri'-val—to try to reach something or obtain something which another

has, or is trying to obtain.


“Belated, thriftless vagrant"
« late aftermaths"
“white-winged seeds”.
“idle, golden freighting”

"satin burs
“Count all your boasts”
“the hush of woods
"rival for one hour”).



Alice Cary (1820-1871), an American poet, was born in Cincinnati. She and her sister, Phæbe, wrote many well-known poems and sketches. They removed to New York City and lived together there.


The leaves are fading and falling,

The winds are rough and wild,
The birds have ceased their calling,

But let me tell you, my child,

Though day by day, as it closes,

Doth darker and colder grow,
The roots of the bright red roses

Will keep alive in the snow.

3 And when the winter is over,

The boughs will get new leaves, The quail come back to the clover,

And the swallow back to the eaves.

4 The robin will wear on his bosom

A vest that is bright and new, And the loveliest wayside blossom

Will shine with the sun and dew.

The leaves today are whirling,

The brooks are all dry and dumb, But let me tell you, my darling,

The spring will be sure to come.

6. There must be rough, cold weather,

And winds and rains so wild ; Not all good things together

Come to us here, my child.

So, when some dear joy loses

Its beauteous summer glow, Think how the roots of the roses,

Are kept alive in the snow.


Notes and Questions

What signs of autumn are men are mentioned in the second tioned in the first stanza?

stanza ? hat signs of the coming winter Where have the birds gone?

What is meant by the word | What will happen when the win

Where' in the sixth stanza ! ter is over ? Why are the brooks “dry and Where does the swallow build his dumb” in November?

nest? Is this true in all parts of the What does the second stanza tell country?

us about the roots of the What are we told about the “bright red roses''?

springs in “October 's Bright | How can the snow help keep the Blue Weather''?

roots alive? Vi hat causes the whirling of the In what stanza is this thought leaves in November?

repeated ?

Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: quāil (kwāl)

eaves (ēvz) bos'-om (booz'-ŭm)

bough (bou) beaū’-tė-ous (bū’-tė-ŭs)


dặmb--silent; mute; noiseless.

cēase—to stop; to come to an

“loveliest wayside blossom"
“have ceased their calling''

“beauteous summer glow
“A vest that is bright”


ELLA HIGGINSON Ella Higginson (1862- ), an American writer, lives in Belling. ham, on Puget Sound, Washington. She won a $500 prize offered by a magazine for the best short story.


I KNOW a place where the sun is like gold,

And the cherry blooms burst with snow;
And down underneath is the loveliest nook,

Where the four-leaf clovers grow.

One leaf is for hope, and one is for faith,

And one is for love, you know,
But God put another in for luck-

If you search, you will find where they grow.

But you must have hope, and you must have faith,

You must love and be strong, and so,
If you work, if you wait, you will find the place

Where the four-leaf clovers grow.


Notes and Questions

To whom is the four-leaf clover | Which do you think will give

supposed to bring good luck? greater happiness, to earn Why is it better to think how we something by hard work or to

may give happiness to others gain it by chance? Why do than to think very much about you think so?

securing it for ourselves ? What does the poem say we must To whom would you like to give have?

the four-leaf clover if you | What does the poem say we must should find it?

do? How can we show that we have If we have all these things and faith and hope?

do all these things shall we If we have love in our hearts, need to hunt for the four-leaf

how will it show in our lives? clover to bring us good for. If we are diligent and patient, tune? Why?

what effect will this have upon Commit to memory the last our work?


Words and Phrases for Study

fāith-firm belief.
nook-a quiet, sheltered spot; a corner.


“sun is like gold”.

"burst with snow"



Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) was an American poet. He was born in Maine. His father was the founder of the “Youth's Companion.

TIRED of play! tired of play!
What hast thou done this livelong day?
The birds are silent, and so is the bee;
The sun is creeping up temple and tree;

The doves have flown to the sheltering eaves,
And the nests are dark with the drooping leaves,
Twilight gathers and day is done,
How hast thou spent it, restless one?

Playing? But what hast thou done beside,
To tell thy mother at even-tide ?
What promise of morn is left unbroken?
What kind word to thy playmate spoken ?

Whom hast thou pitied and whom forgiven ?
How with thy faults has duty striven ?
What hast thou learned by field and hill?
By greenwood path, and singing rill ?

Well for thee if thou couldst tell
A tale like this of a day spent well,
If thy kind hand has aided distress,
And thou pity hast felt for wretchedness;

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