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Was dons to any man, he should but ring
How swift 2 the happy days in Atri sped,
By chance it happened that in Atri dwelt
vow), given by vow, given as an offering
7 hoods: that is, the cloth blinders put on the hunting hawk in the early stages of the chase.
8 prodigalities. Givea synonym.
Kept but one steed, his favorite steed of all,
At length he said, “What is the use or need
One afternoon, as in that sultry clime 6
1 steed. Of what prose word is 5 forlorn. What noun does this this the poetic equivalent ? adjective modify? 3 devising, inventing.
6 clime. Of what prose word is 3 spare (compare German sparen, this the poetic form ? to save), to economize.
7 alarum. Poetic form of what 4 Eating his head off. Explain word? this hyperbole.
8 repose. Give a synonym.
1 donned, past tense of don, a pleads his cause. Explain the contraction of do on, to put on. So metaphor. doff=do off, to put off.
6 like a summer cloud. Show 2 belfry's lightarcade. Explain. the appropriateness of the conipar3 Domeneddio, an Italian excla- ison. mation equivalent to Good Lord ! 7 gesticulation. See Webster for
sore. Explain, and name the the interesting etymology of this part of speech.
Treated the matter as a pleasant jest,
The knight withdrew abashed ; 5 the people all
1 Pride goeth. What is the fig- | ure? (See Def. 7.)
2 Of flowers of chivalry. What noun does this phrase modify?
3 proverbs. What is a proverb?
mass. See Webster.
“It cometh into court, and pleads the cause
Of creatures dumb and unknown to the laws;
4.- THE BETROTHAL OF EVANGELINE.
[The following beautifully linned picture is from Longfellow's extended poem of Evangeline. The poem is based on an incident attending the forced expulsion, by the English, of the French settlers in Nova Scotia, in 1755. That province at this time belonged to the English, but contained many French farmers, a simple-minded, peaceful people, who wished to be neutral in the quarrels between the French and English in America. The English authorities, fearing they might side with the French, cruelly kidnapped some three thousand of these people, and scattered them through the various colonies. In the haste and confusion of sending them off, many families were separated, and some at least never came together again. The story of Evangeline is the story of such a separation.
The measure of Evangeline is the dactylic hexameter, that has never become very popular in English poetry; but Longfellow handles this difficult meter with great skill. The cæsural pause in the middle of the line should be carefully regarded. Says Mr. Scudder : “A little practice will enable one to acquire that habit of reading hexameter, which we may liken, roughly, to the climbing of a hill, resting a minute on the summit, and then descending the other side. The charm in reading Evangeline aloud is found in this gentle labor of the former half of the line, and gentle acceleration of the latter half.”]
Thus, at peace with God and the world, the farmer 2 of
1 unknown to: that is, unno- | Evangeline, the pride of the vilticed by.
lage.” 2 the farmer: that is, Bene 3 Grand-Pré, or Lower Horton, dict Bellefontaine, "the wealthiest a village of Nova Scotia, formerly farmer of Grand-Pré," father of called Acadia.