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The sanguine* sunrise, with his meteor* eyes, Sanguine, blood-red;
it also means being
ardent, hopeful. Leaps on the back * of my sailing rack, *
Meteor, flashing, like When the morning star * shines dead; a meteor or falling
star. 35 As on the jag of a mountain crag,
Leaps on the back, Which an earthquake * rocks and swings, rises above the back An eagle, alit, one moment may sit,
of the clouds. In the light of its golden wings.
Rack, thin, broken
clouds drifting across And when sunset may breathe, from the lit the sky. sea beneath,
planet Venus, when 40 Its ardours * of rest and love,
it rises before the sun, And the crimson pall of eve may fall
and shines in From the depth of heaven above,
Earthquake, a With wings folded I rest, on mine airy nest, vulsion or shaking of As still as a brooding dove.
Ardour, warmth of 45 That orbèd * mnaiden, with white fire laden, passion or feeling ; Whom mortals call the moon,
Orbed, in the form of Glides glimmering o'er my fleece-like floor,
or sphere ;
circular. By the midnight breezes strewn ;
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet, 50 Which only the angels bear, May have broken the woof* of my tent’s thin The worf, the cross
threads woven into roof,
and crossing the The stars peep behind her and peer ; warp, which extends And I laugh to see them whirl * and flee,
Whirl, to turn round Like a swarm of golden bees,
very rapidly. 55 When I widen the rent in my wind-built tent,
Till the calm rivers, lakes, and seas,
I bind the sun's
throne, &c., here an
allusion is made to I bind the sun's throne* with a burning zone, the flame-like
ap60 And the moon's * with a girdle of pearl ; pearance The volcanoes* are dim, and the stars reel and tipped clouds,
And the moon's, &c. swim,
By moonlight, the When the whirlwinds * my banner unfurl.* edges of the clouds
present a mellow, From cape to cape, with a bridge-like shape, pearl - like
appearOver a torrent sea,
Volcano, a mountain 65 Sunbeam-proof, I hang like a roof:
from which smoke, The mountains its columns be.
flame, lava, &c., are
Whirlwind, a violent
The triumphal arch,
the rainbow. 70 Is the million-coloured bow;
Hurricane, a tem The sphere-fire * above its soft colours wove,
The sphere-fire, the While the moist earth was laughing below.
Naughter of ear:hand I am the daughter of earth and water,* water, the vapour of
And the nursling * of the sky; which the clouds are formed is raised from I pass through the pores of the ocean and 75 the earth and the
shores ; water by the heat of
I change, but I cannot die.
The pavilion of heaven * is bare,
vex * gleams like a canopy or tent. Convex, curved like Build up the blue dome of air,
80 the outer surface of I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,* a ball or globe.
And out of the caverns of rain, Cenotaph, an empty tomb, or memorial Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from built to a person who
the tomb, is buried elsewhere.
I arise and unbuild it again.
out over our heads
ADVICE TO A YOUTH.-Jonson.
Thrive, to succeed. LEARN to be wise, and practise how to thrive; *
That would I have you do: and not to spend Bauble, a trifle, a Your coin on every bauble * that you fancy, thing of very small
foolish brain * that humours you. Foolish brain, a silly I would not have you to invade each place,
Nor thrust yourself on all societies, Desert, being worthy of reward ; merit.
Till men's affections, or your own desert, Rank, here means Should worthily invite you to your rank.
proper He that is so respectless * in his courses, position in society. Respectless, wanting Oft sells his reputation * at cheap market. in self-respect. Nor would I you should melt away yourself Reputation, character, good name.
In flashing bravery,* lest, while you affect * Courses, habits, To make a blaze of gentry * to the world, Flashing bravery, ex
A little puff of scorn extinguish it; travagance in dress. Affect, pretend. And you be left like an unsavoury snuff, Blaze of gentry, pre- Whose property is only to offend. tending to be in a position superior to I'd have you sober, and contain yourself, that which one holds. Not that your sail be bigger than your
But moderate your expenses now, at first,
As you may keep the same proportion stíll : Your gentility, the Nor stand so much on your gentility, fact of your being a Which is an airy and mere borrowed thing, gentleman by birth.
From dead men's dust, and bones ; and none
Except you make, or hold it.
BRET HARTE (1835
) is a popular American writer, and author of some
Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,
And of armed men the hum;
Lo, behold, look.
Saying, “ Come,
Freemen, come! Ere your heritage be wasted,” said the quick Heritage, that which alarming drum.
one claims by right
“Let me of my heart take counsel :* Counsel, advice.
War is not of life the sum ;
But the drum
Echoed, to give back
“ But when won the coming battle,
What of profit springs therefrom?
But the drum
Answered, “ Come !
Conquest, that which is obtained by force. Subjugation, to conquer, to bring under power.
6 What if, ʼmid the cannons' thunder,
Bomb, a large hollow
ball or shell of iron When my brothers fall around me,
filled with gunpowShould my heart grow cold and numb ?” * der, to be thrown
from a mortar, so as But the drum
to explode when it Answered, “Come!
falls. Better there in death united, than in life a Numb, deprived of
feeling. recreant, *—come !"
* Réveillé, the beat of drum or sound of trumpet at daybreak (Fr, réveiller, to awake,
80 stir up).
Thus they answered, -hoping, fearing,
Some in faith, and doubting some,
Then the drum,
Lo! was dumb,
answered, “ Lord, we come!”
THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS.-Longfellow.
Schooner, a ship with two masts.
It was the schooner * Hesperus,
That sailed the wintry sea ;
To bear him company.
Skipper, the captain of a merchant ship.
Blue were her eyes as the fairy fax,
Her cheeks like the dawn of day,
* in the month of May.
The skipper, he stood beside the helm,
His pipe was in his mouth ;
The smoke now west, now south,
Then up and spake an old sailor,
Had sailed the Spanish Main :
thee put into yonder port,
Veering, varying, changeable. Flaw, a sudden gust of wind, usually termed a squall. Spanish Main, that part of the Atlantic Ocean which washes the north part of South America, from the Leeward Islands to the Isthmus of Darien. The term is also applied to the coast. Hurricane, a furious storm. Golden ring, a halo orluminous ring around the moon, supposed to indicate the approach of stormy weather. Amain, with great force.
“Last night the moon had a golden ring, *
And to-night no moon we see !"
And a scornful laugh laughed he.
Colder and colder blew the wind,
A gale from the north-east;
And the billows frothed like yeast.
Down came the storm, and smote amain
The vessel in its strength ;
She shuddered and paused, like a frighted steed,
Cable, a thick
strong rope (240 “Come hither! come hither ! my little daughter, to hold ships at
, And do not tremble so ;
anchor, or to tow For I can weather * the roughest gale,
vessels in large That ever wind did blow.”
He wrapped her warm in his seaman's coat,
Against the stinging blast; 35 He cut a rope from a broken spar,*
And bound her to the mast.
Spar, a small beam.
“O father! I hear the church bells ring;
it be ?"
And he steered for the open sea.
Oh say, what may it be ? .”
In such an angry sea.”
it be ?
A frozen corpse was he.
Lashed to the helm, all stiff and stark, 50 With his face turned to the skies,
The lantern gleamed through the gleaming snow
On his fixed and glassy eyes.
That saved she might be;
On the lake of Galilee.
And fast, through the midnight dark and dear,
Through the whistling sleet and snow,
Towards the reef * of Norman's Woe.
Reef, ridge of rocks in the sea, near the surface.
And ever, the fitful gusts between,
A sound came from the land :
On the rocks and the hard sea sand.