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Have you ever known a person to Why did the spider tell the fly | be caught by a piece of flattery that she was beautiful ?
like the spider's?
THE WIND AND THE MOON
GEORGE MACDONALD George Macdonald (1824-1902) was a Scotch poet. He wrote many poems and stories for children. "The Wind and the Moon” is especially pleasing.
Said the Wind to the Moon, “I will blow you out.
You stare in the air
Like a ghost in a chair,
The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon.
So, deep on a heap
Of clouds, to sleep
He turned in his bed : she was there again.
On high in the sky,
With her one ghost eye,
The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew dim.
“With my sledge and my wedge
I have knocked off her edge.
He blew and he blew, and she thinned to a thread
“One puff more's enough
To blow her to snuff ! One good puff more where the last was bred, And glimmer, glimmer glum will go the thread.”
He blew a great blast, and the thread was gone;
In the air nowhere
Was a moonbeam bare;
The Wind he took to his revels once more;
On down, in town,
Like a merry-mad clown, He leaped and halloed with whistle and roar, “What's that?” The glimmering thread once more.
He flew in a rage—he danced and blew;
But in vain was the pain
Of his bursting brain;
Slowly she grew—till she filled the night,
And shone on her throne
In the sky alone,
Said the Wind: “What a marvel of power am I!
With my breath, good faith,
I blew her to death-
But the Moon she knew nothing about the affair,
For, high in the sky,
With her one white eye,
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Notes and Questions
Why did the wind want to blow | Read the lines which give the out the moon?
most beautiful description of What did he do when he thought the moon. he had succeeded?
What qualities does this story Read the lines which tell how the I give to the wind?
wind felt when he saw the Do you know any person who has moon grow broader and bigger. these same qualities? What does the tenth stanza te!l us L'ow do you feel toward the wind
that the wind thought he had | as you read the story? done ?
To you think the poet wanted to Read the lines which tell that the teach us something in this
moon did not know that the poem or did he want to amuse wind was blowing.
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: hål-loed' (lood')
shy-easily frightened; timid.
mo'-tion less--without motion; at rest.
"marvel of power'' "shy stars''
THE LARK AND THE ROOK
“GOOD-NIGHT, Sir Rook !" said a little lark,
So now I haste to my quiet nook
2 “Good-night, poor Lark,” said his titled friend, With a haughty toss and a distant bend; “I also go to my rest profound, But not to sleep on the cold, damp ground; The fittest place for a bird like me Is the topmost bough of yon tall pine tree.
3 “I opened my eyes at peep of day And saw you taking your upward way, Dreaming your fond romantic dreams, An ugly speck in the sun's bright beams, Soaring too high to be seen or heard, And I said to myself: "What a foolish bird !
“I trod the park with a princely air,
"Good-night, once more," said the lark's sweet voice "I see no cause to repent my choice; You build your nest in the lofty pine, But is your slumber more sweet than mine? You make more noise in the world than I, But whose is the sweeter minstrelsy?”