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If thou hast forgiven a brother's offense,
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions What tells you that this poem | Tell some things which a child is addressed to a child ?
may learn in the fields and How do you think the child had | woods. spent the day?
How should we feel about our What things mentioned in the faults before we go to sleep?
first and second stanzas show How must we feel toward those that night is coming ?
who have offended or injured Can you think of some promise us?
which a child might make to Commit to memory the following his mother in the morning?
line: How would he feel if he kept “Let not the sun go down upon this promise?
your wrath." What is meant by “breaking Why should we feel a love for a promise?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: live'-long (liv-lõng) writch'ěd-néss
of-fēnse'-sin; injury; wrong doing.
dis-tréss'--pain or suffering of mind or body.
“singing rill” "A tale like this'.
"a brother's offense" rosun is creeping up"
Adelaide Procter (1825-1864) was an English poet. She lived in London all her life. Her father, Bryan Waller Procter, wrote under the name of Barry Cornwall. Her poems are full of sweetness and beauty.
Downwards to the sea,
Bountiful and free:
Hidden springs arise; .
Feed them from the skies !
Their rich fragrance spread,
From their beauty shed:
Leaves them not in dearth,
From fair Nature learn;
Wait not a return!
From thy little store,
God will give thee more.
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions Into what do the rivers pour their , Read words from the third stanza water
which tell what the heart's Why do not the rivers run dry in best treasure is. doing this
What lines tell us that we must What do the flowers do with their not think about what we shall perfume ?
get back! Why is their fragrance not ex- Why should we not be afraid to hausted because of this?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: tréas'-ures prince'-ly
pēr'-fūmes lăv'-ish dearth (dûrth)
boun’-ti-ful-liberal in giving; plentiful. tréas'-ure—that which is very highly valued. frā'-grance-perfume; sweet smell.
“What is the use,” said a fleecy cloud,
“Of these few drops that I hold ? They will hardly bend the lily proud,
Though caught in her cup of gold; Yet I am a part of God's great plan,
So my treasure I'll give as well as I can."
A child went merrily forth to play,
But a thought, like a silver thread, Kept winding in and out all day
Through the happy golden head; And it seemed to say, “Do all you can,
For you are a part of God's great plan.”
She knew no more than the glancing star,
Nor the cloud with its chalice full,
She was only a child at school;
That even I should do all that I can.”
So she helped a younger child along,
When the road was rough to the feet; And she sang from her heart a little song
That we all thought was passing sweet; And her father, a weary, toil-worn man,
Said, "I, too, will do the best that I can."
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions What did the star determine to , To what is this thought com. do?
pared ? What did the cloud say it would How did the child try to help do?
others? Read the lines which tell the What influence did her little song
thought that was in the child's have upon her "weary, toilmind all day.
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: flee'.cy glán’-cing
wēa'-ry-tired; exhausted by toil.
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(From Pippa Passes)
Robert Browning (1812-1889) was one of the great English poets. He was born in a suburb of London. He was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.
The year's at the spring