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The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
That fell within his scope,
Is very like a rope !"
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Exceeding stiff and strong,
And all were in the wrong!
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions
Read the line that tells you these | Is comparison a common way of men were of an inquiring dis describing objects ? position.
| Point out instances of its use by How could blind men "see” the. other authors in this book. elephant?
Why were these blind men all “in To what did each compare the the wrong''? elephant?
How far was each“in the right''? Account for the comparison each What may we learn from this made.
Words and Phrases for Study
stûr'-dy bawl (bôl)
rė-sẽm'-ble (re-zěm'-b'l)—to be like or similar to. 0-pin'-ion (yun)—what one thinks or believes about something. scope--range or extent of view or action.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
"fell within his scope"
THE INCHCAPE ROCK
Robert Southey (1774-1843) was an English poet. For a time he was Poet Laureate of England.
No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The holy Abbot of Aberbrothok
The sun in heaven was shining gay;
He felt the cheering power of spring,
The boat is lowered, the boatmen row,
10 Down sank the bell, with a gurgling sound, The bubbles rose and burst around; Quoth Sir Ralph, “The next who comes to the Rock Won't bless the Abbot of Aberbrothok !"
On the deck the Rover takes his stand;
They hear no sound; the swell is strong;
HELPS TO STUDY Historical: Bell Rock, or Inchcape, is a reef of red sandstone rocks near the Frith of Tay, on the coast of Scotland. At the time of the spring tides part of the reef is uncovered to the height of four feet. Because so many vessels were wrecked upon these rocks, the
Abbot of Aberbrothok is said to have placed a bell there, “fixed upon a tree or timber, which rang continually, being moved by the sea.” A lighthouse, 115 feet high, one of the finest in Great Britain, is now built upon the reef.
Notes and Questions What picture do you see when I to his sailors for wanting to cut
you read the first stanza? The the warning bell from the Inchsecond stanza?
cape Rock ? What "warning" did the bell Where did he go after doing give to sailors ?
this Read the line which tells how What words tell you that he was
sailors felt toward the Abbot. away a long time Read lines which tell how happy What two words in the poem tell
all things were on the day on you that Sir Ralph was a which the story begins.
robber? What effect did the air of spring What do we call men who do have upon Sir Ralph?
this? What was the only kind of mirth Whom did he rob? which he knew?
To what coast did Sir Ralph at Read what James Russell Lowell last return? thinks is the effect spring should
Why could not the sailors see the have upon people:
What did they long to hear? 66 'Tis as easy now for the heart Do you think the vessel would to be true
have been safe if Sir Ralph had As for grass to be green or skies to be blue,
not sunk the bell? 'Tis the natural way of liv What do you think happened
after the vessel struck the What reason did Sir Ralph give Inchcape Rock ?
Words and Phrases for Study PRONUNCIATION: măr'-i-nērs quoth
buoy (boi or bo'-1) VOCABULARY:
warn'-ing-caution against danger or against faults. mirth’-ful (mûrth)-full of merriment or gayety. hāze-mist; fog.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
"mirthful to excess" "scoured the seas”. “joyance'