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Or droop o'er the sod where the long grasses nod,
My name is as old as the glory of God.

... So I came by the name of Old Glory.

Notes and Questions

To whom is the poet speaking? I blended at that time!
What question does he ask

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

leaped (lēpt, or lépt)

chris'ten-ing (kris” 'n-ing) con-joined'


qu'-di-ble-loud enough to be heard.
sym'-ból a sign; anything which suggests an idea or thing.


“rapturous air”
"scars of all wars"
“fame so becoming to you".
"a tang to the spirit”.
"cast yourself free”
"the ring of the same
"at their glittering best".
“laughing down".
" delightfullest light”

“square heaven of blue”
"a blur in the eye'
"skyward cast
"vague lisps'
"aching to live for you"
"conjoined of them all”.
"skyward cast
“droop o'er the sod
long grasses nod).



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,
Those mighty streams that seaward glide

To seek the ocean's breast;
Her smiling fields, her pleasant vales,
Her shady dells, her flow'ry dales,

The haunts of peaceful rest.

I love her forests, dark and lone,
For there the wild bird's merry tone,

I hear from morn till night;
And there are lovelier flowers, I ween,
Than e'er in Eastern lands were seen,

In varied colors bright.

Her forests and her valleys fair,
Her flowers that scent the morning air,

All have their charms for me;
But more I love my country's name,
Those words that echo deathless fame,

“The Land of Liberty.”


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.


"gushing rills”
“fantastic forms”.
"varied colors"

“hoary heads”
“pleasant vales"
"deathless fame



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)

ŭn-doubt'-ěd-ly VOCABULARY:

dāi’-ly-happening or belonging to each day.
sē-cūre'—to get possession of.

hēre-aft'-er-from this time forward.
"to create his country"

"a spell of power and of might' “matchless glory”

"daily beauty


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.

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