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Why did he not tell his brothers all of his brothers treated what he was trying to do?

Darius? When did he plan to try his ma- | Mention some inventions which chine :

people once thought were as Read the lines which tell what impossible or as ridiculous as

he imagined himself doing. the boys thought this flying Read the lines which tell what machine was. he really did.

Mention some inventors at whom What did he say was the unpleas people once laughed but who ant part of flying?

are now honored. What do you think of his treat Do you think the poet really ment of his brothers ?

knew a boy like Darius! Give What do you think of the excuse the reasons for your answer.

he made for remaining at Was Darius a clever boy or were home?

I his brothers right in their What do you think of the way | opinion of him

Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: ăs-pīr'-ing crěv'-ice

Dæd'-a-lús (děd'-å-lús) å-wrý' (å-ri') Då-ri'-ŭs

plāgued (plāgd) phoe'-be (fē'-bė) ăz'-ūre

ac-cou'-tred (ă-kod'-trěd) å-bỹss' pā'-găns

sphere (sfēr) gri-māce'

Ic'-a-rŭs (îk'-å-rūs) breech'-es (brich'-ěz) pried

jaun’-ty (jän’-ti) stànched VOCABULARY: hē'-rð—the principal person in a story, or a man who shows great

courage. gēn'-iŭs (yŭs)--one who shows remarkable talent.

com'-ic-al-exciting mirth; funny. WORDS AND PHRASES: "with paddle or fin or pinion”

"knights of old” “Dædalus” and “Icarus''-characters in one of the old Grecian myths or stories. According to this myth, Dædalus, who was famous for his skill in the mechanical arts, was imprisoned by Minos, King of Crete. In order to escape from his prison, Dædalus made wings for his son Icarus and himself, which he fastened on with wax. Icarus was warned not to fly too near the sun, but in his pride and joy at being able to do what the birds do, he forgot what he had been told and flew up toward the sun. The wax melted, the wings fell off, and the boy dropped into the sea.



Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A copy of the “Arabian Nights” that fell into his hands aroused his interest in adventure. He became a famous traveler and a writer of stories. His “Treasure Island” is read by young and old as the best of all pirate-stories, the greatest work of his story-telling art. His health was always delicate and he died in Samoa at the early age of forty-four.

I should like to rise and go
Where the golden apples grow ;-
Where below another sky
Parrot islands anchored lie,
And, watched by cockatoos and goats,
Lonely Crusoes building boats ;-
Where in sunshine reaching out
Eastern cities, miles about,
Are with mosque and minaret
Among sandy gardens set,
And the rich goods from near and far
Hang for sale in the bazaar;-
Where the Great Wall round China goes,
And on one side the desert blows,
And with bell and voice and drum,
Cities on the other hum ;-
Where are forests, hot as fire,
Wide as England, tall as a spire,
Full of apes and cocoa-nuts
And the negro hunters' huts;-
Where the knotty crocodile
Lies and blinks in the Nile,
And the red flamingo flies,
Hunting fish before his eyes ;-
Where in jungles, near and far,


Man-devouring tigers are,
Lying close and giving ear
Lest the hunt be drawing near,
Or a comer-by be seen
Swinging in a palanquin ;-
Where among the desert sands
Some deserted city stands,
All its children, sweep and prince,
Grown to manhood ages since,
Not a foot in street or house,
Not a stir of child or mouse,
And when kindly falls the night,
In all the town no spark of light.
There I'll come, when I'm a man,
With a camel caravan;
Light a fire in the gloom
Of some dusty dining room;
See the pictures on the walls,
Heroes, fights and festivals;
And in a corner find the toys
Of the old Egyptian boys.



Notes and Questions Name places where the poet says Tell what you know of the auhe would like to go.

thor of this poem. Tell what you would find in each Find the following on your map: of these places.

China, the Nile, Egypt. Which of these places would you Tell what you know about the like to visit? Why?

Great Wall of China.

Words and Phrases for Study


păr'-rot (růt)
mosque (mosk)
bå-zaar' (zär)

croc'-8-dīle (krok)
jún'-gles (g'ls)

pil-ăn-quino (kẽn)


ăn'-chored (kērd)—firmly fixed; held by anchor.
dē-sērt'-ed-left without people; abandoned.

blinks-winks; opens and closes the eyes quickly.

“lying close” “palanquin” "Crusoes"

"giving ear" “sweep and prince'' “Eastern cities' "drawing near” “camel caravan"rich goods”


“Egyptian boys' "mosque and minaret" "comer-by''. “knotty crocodile"


When at home alone I sit
And am very tired of it,
I have just to shut my eyes
To go sailing through the skies-
To go sailing far away
To the pleasant Land of Play;
To the fairy land afar
Where the Little People are;
Where the clover-tops are trees,
And the rain-pools are the seas,
And the leaves like little ships
Sail about on tiny trips ;
And above the daisy tree

Through the grasses,
High o’erhead the Bumble Bee

Hums and passes.

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In that forest to and fro
I can wander, I can go;
See the spider and the fly,
And the ants go marching by


Carrying parcels with their feet
Down the green and grassy street.
I can in the sorrel sit
Where the ladybird alit.
I can climb the jointed grass,

And on high
See the greater swallows pass

In the sky,
And the round sun rolling by,
Heeding no such things as I.

Through that forest I can pass
Till, as in a looking-glass,
Humming fly and daisy tree
And my tiny self I see,
Painted very clear and neat
On the rain-pool at my feet.
Should a leaflet come to land,
Drifting near to where I stand,
Straight I'll board that tiny boat
Round the rain-pool sea to float.
Little thoughtful creatures sit
On the grassy coasts of it;
Little things with lovely eyes
See me sailing with surprise.
Some are clad in armor green-
(These have sure to battle been !)—
Some are pied with ev'ry hue,
Black and crimson, gold and blue;
Some have wings and swift are gone;-
But they all look kindly on.

When my eyes I once again
Open, and see all things plain:
High bare walls, great bare floor;
Great big knobs on drawer and door;

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