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The sanguine sunrise, with his meteor* eyes,
Which an earthquake* rocks and swings,
Sanguine, blood-red; it also means being ardent, hopeful. Meteor, flashing, like a meteor or falling star.
Leaps on the back, rises above the back of the clouds.
Rack, thin, broken clouds drifting across
And when sunset may breathe, from the lit the sky.
Its ardours of rest and love,
And the crimson pall of eve may fall
From the depth of heaven above,
With wings folded I rest, on mine airy nest,
45 That orbed * maiden, with white fire laden,
Glides glimmering o'er my fleece-like floor,
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet,
Morning-star, the planet Venus, when it rises before the sun, and shines in the morning.
Earthquake, a convulsion or shaking of the earth.
Ardour, warmth of passion or feeling; eagerness.
Orbèd, in the form of an orb or sphere; circular.
May have broken the woof* of my tent's thin The woof, the cross
The stars peep behind her and peer;
And I laugh to see them whirl* and flee,
55 When I widen the rent in my wind-built tent,
I bind the sun's throne* with a burning zone,
When the whirlwinds* my banner unfurl.*
Sunbeam-proof, I hang like a roof:
The triumphal arch* through which I march
When the powers of the air are chained to my
Is the million-coloured bow;
threads woven into and crossing the warp, which extends lengthwise.
Whirl, to turn round very rapidly.
Daughter of earth and water, the vapour of which the clouds are
formed is raised from
the earth and the water by the heat of the sun.
Nursling, child. Pavilion of heaven, the sky; because it appears to be spread
out over our heads like a canopy or tent. Convex, curved like
the outer surface of
a ball or globe. Cenotaph, an empty tomb, or memorial built to a person who is buried elsewhere.
I am the daughter of earth and water,*
pass through the pores of the ocean and 75 shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain, when with never a stain
The pavilion of heaven * is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their con
Build up the blue dome of air,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from
I arise and unbuild it again.
Thrive, to succeed.
ADVICE TO A YOUTH.-Jonson.
Bauble, a trifle, a
thing of very small value.
Foolish brain, a silly
position in society.
LEARN to be wise, and practise how to thrive;
Reputation, character, good name. Courses, habits.
Flashing bravery, ex
travagance in dress. Affect, pretend.
Blaze of gentry, preposition superior to that which one holds.
tending to be in a
Your gentility, the fact of your being a gentleman by birth.
THE RÉVEILLÉ."-Bret Harte.
BRET HARTE (1835- ) is a popular American writer, and author of some humorous poems.
Lo, behold, look.
Ere your heritage * be wasted," said the quick Heritage, that which
"Let me of my heart take counsel:
Who shall stay and reap the harvest
When the autumn days shall come?"
But the drum
one claims by right of birth.
Echoed, to give back
Death shall reap the braver harvest," said the a sound.
You must do the sum to prove it," said the
Better there in death united, than in life a
* Réveillé, the beat of drum or sound of trumpet at daybreak (Fr. réveiller, to awake, to stir up).
Thus they answered,-hoping, fearing,
Lo! was dumb,
For the great heart of the nation, throbbing,
THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS.-Longfellow.
Schooner, a ship with two masts.
Skipper, the captain of a merchant ship.
Hurricane, a fu-
It was the schooner * Hesperus,
That sailed the wintry sea;
And the skipper * had taken his little daughter
Blue were her eyes as the fairy flax,
Her cheeks like the dawn of day,
And her bosom white as the hawthorn buds
The skipper, he stood beside the helm,
And he watched how the veering * flaw * did blow
"Last night the moon had a golden ring,*
And the skipper, he blew a whiff from his pipe,
Colder and colder blew the wind,
And the billows frothed like yeast.
Down came the storm, and smote amain
She shuddered and paused, like a frighted steed,
"Come hither! come hither! my little daughter,
And do not tremble so ;
For I can weather* the roughest gale,
He wrapped her warm in his seaman's coat,
35 He cut a rope from a broken spar,*
"O father! I see a gleaming light;
Oh say, what may it be?
But-the father answered never a word
A frozen corpse was he.
Lashed to the helm, all stiff and stark,
The lantern gleamed through the gleaming snow
Then the maiden clasped her hands, and prayed
55 And she thought of Him who stilled the waves
And fast, through the midnight dark and dear,
Through the whistling sleet and snow,
Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
Towards the reef of Norman's Woe.
And ever, the fitful gusts between,
Cable, a thick strong rope (240 to hold ships at yards long), used
anchor, or to tow vessels in large rivers.
Spar, a small beam.
Reef, ridge of
rocks in the sea, near the surface.