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Or droop o'er the sod where the long grasses nod,
... So I came by the name of Old Glory.
HELPS TO STUDY
To whom is the poet speaking? I blended at that time!
When do the stripes in the flag What soldiers are meant by “the become “ripples”! gray'g
Read the lines which tell how we What soldiers are meant by "the feel when we see the flag fly blue''g
and "the boys marching by”. Why were they given these | Who are the boys referred to in names
these lines? What does the poet mean by de How old does the flag say its
scribing the blue and the gray name is? as “blended ranks''!
Of what is the “driven snowThis poem was written in the | white" the symbol? (See p. 15.)
year of our war with Spain. | Of what is the “living bloodHow were the blue and the gray red” the symbol?
Words and Phrases for Study
vāgue (vāg) āch'-ing
chris'ten-ing (kris” 'n-ing) con-joined'
qu'-di-ble-loud enough to be heard.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
“square heaven of blue”
THE LAND OF LIBERTY
1 I LOVE my country's pine-clad hills, Her thousand bright and gushing rills,
Her sunshine and her storms; Her rough and rugged rocks, that rear Their hoary heads high in the air
In wild, fantastic forms.
I love her rivers, deep and wide,
To seek the ocean's breast;
The haunts of peaceful rest.
I hear from morn till night;
In varied colors bright.
Her forests and her valleys fair,
All have their charms for me;
“The Land of Liberty.”
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions What are “pine-clad” hills ? | What does the poet say makes the What parts of our country are forests beautiful? noted for pine forests?
What comparison is made beIn what regions would you see tween our flowers and the flow
rocks, such as are described in ers of Eastern lands? the first stanza
What does the poet love more than What things are mentioned in all the beautiful things which he
the second stanza as objects has mentioned ? of the poet's love?
Read the line that gives this name. Name one of the "mighty Commit to memory the last three
streams that seaward glide." I lines of the fourth stanza.
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: haunts (hänts)
hòar'-y (hör'i) rūg'-gěd rear (rēr) lib’-ēr-ty (ti)
vā'-ried (rid) VOCABULARY:
fāme-glory; public reputation. pēace'-ful-quiet; still; undisturbed.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
THE BIRTHDAY OF WASHINGTON*
Rufus Choate (1799-1859), an American orator, was a native of Essex, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College. He and Daniel Webster were the greatest orators of their time. The birthday of the “Father of his Country!” May it ever be freshly remembered by American hearts !
His memory is first and most sacred in our love; and ever *From one of Choate's orations.
hereafter, till the last drop of blood shall freeze in the last American heart, his name shall be a spell of power and of might.
It was the daily beauty and towering and matchless glory 5 of his life which enabled him to create his country, and at the
same time secure an undying love and regard from the whole American people. “The first in the hearts of his countrymen !'' Undoubtedly there were brave and wise and good men, before
his day, in every colony. But the American nation, as a nation, 10 I do not reckon to have begun before 1774. And the first love
of that Young America was Washington.
• HELPS TO STUDY Historical: The words, “First in the hearts of his countrymen,' were first used by Colonel Henry Lee in the Resolutions which were presented in the House of Representatives on the death of Washington, December, 1799, "to the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” The date 1774, mentioned in this oration, was the year in which the First Continental Congress met.
Notes and Questions Read the line that tells the place | What secured for him the love which the memory of Washingo! of the American people? ton holds in the love of the When was the expression “The American people.
first in the hearts of his coumWhat enabled Washington to trymen” first used! "create his country''?
| Who said it?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: ěn-a'-bled (b'ld) sā'-crěd
crēåte col’-0-ny (ni), rěck’-on ('n)
dāi’-ly-happening or belonging to each day.
hēre-aft'-er-from this time forward.
"a spell of power and of might' “matchless glory”
1 . THERE was a tumult in the city,
In the quaint old Quaker town, And the streets were rife with people
Pacing restless up and downPeople gathering at corners,
Where they whispered each to each, And the sweat stood on their temples
With the earnestness of speech.
As the bleak Atlantic currents
Lash the wild Newfoundland shore, So they beat against the State House,
So they surged against the door; And the mingling of their voices
Made a harmony profound, Till the quiet street of Chestnut
Was all turbulent with sound.
“Will they do it?”. “Dare they do it?”
“Who is speaking ?” “What's the news ?” “What of Adams?” “What of Sherman ?”
“Oh, God grant they won't refuse !" “Make some way, there!” “Let me nearer !”
“I am stilling!” “Stifle, then! When a nation's life’s at hazard, We've no time to think of men !"
4 So they beat against the portal,
Man and woman, maid and child; And the July sun in heaven
On the scene looked down and smiled.