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Words and Phrases for Study
còn'-science (kõn'-shěns) sluic'-es (sloos’ès)
ănx'-ioŭs (ăngk'-shủs) chäfe
dū’-ty—that which a person is bound to do; that which he should do. griève-to sorrow or mourn stär'-tle-to move suddenly or to be excited when alarmed.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
"sluices''-gates for regulating the supply of water. “duty held him fast”.
"mortal fear” “the sun is under the sea” “narrow bound"
16 And he felt the sunshine come and go
As Peter came and went''
FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS
Felicia Hemans (1793-1835), an English poet, was born in Liverpool. She lived much of the time in North Wales. “Casabianca” and "The Landing of the Pilgrims” are her best known poems.
The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but he had fled,
Shone round him o'er the dead.
Yet beautiful and bright he stood,
As born to rule the storm-
A proud, though child-like form.
The flames rolled on—he would not go
Without his father's word;
His voice no longer heard.
If yet my task is done!”
Unconscious of his son.
“Speak, father!” once again he cried,
"If I may yet be gone!” And but the booming shots replied,
And fast the flames rolled on.
Upon his brow he felt their breath,
And in his waving hair,
In still yet brave despair;
And shouted but once more aloud,
"My father! must I stay?" While o'er him fast, through sail and shroud,
The wreathing fires made way.
They wrapt the ship in splendor wild,
They caught the flag on high,
Like banners in the sky.
There came a burst of thunder sound
The boy—oh! where was he?
With fragments strewed the sea !
That well had borne their part;
Was that young faithful heart !
HELPS TO STUDY
Historical: The hero of this poem was the son of Louis Casabianca, the captain of L'Orient, the flag-ship of the fleet which car. ried Bonaparte and his army to Egypt. In the Battle of the Nile the powder magazine exploded, the ship was burned, and the captain and his son perished.
Notes and Questions How did it happen that the boy | What did the boy ask his fath
was alone on the “burning er? deck''
Why did he remain in such great What words in the first stanza danger when he might have
tell you that many were killed saved himself? in the battle
What was it that "wrapt the Read two lines from the third ship in splendor wild''?
stanza which tell how the boy What made the “burst of thun. showed his faithfulness and his der sound''? "heroic blood."
What things are mentioned as Why did not his father come to fragments which "strewed the him
sea”? Why is his father called the Why is it good for us to read "chieftain''.
such a poem as this?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: créa'-ture
chi@fo-tain (tên) ũn-căno-scious (shms) wrēath'-ing
tásk-work; business; toil; labor.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
“lone post of death” "wreathing fires”
"-sail and shroud”
The woman was old, and ragged, and gray,
She stood at the crossing and waited long
Down the street with laughter and shout,
Hastened the children on their way, *From Harper's Weekly. Copyright, 1878, by Harper & Brothers.
Nor offered a helping hand to her,
At last came one of the merry troop,
Her aged hand on his strong young arm
Then back again to his friends he went,
“And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
9 And somebody's mother” bowed low her head, In her home that night, and tire prayer she said, Was, “God be kind to the noble boy, Who is somebody's son and pride and joy."