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15. She clad herself in a russet gown-
She went by dale, and she went by down,
16. The lily-white doe Lord Ronald had brought
Dropt her head in the maiden's hand,
17. Down stept Lord Ronald from his tower
That are the flower of all the earth?"
19. "Play me no tricks," said Lord Ronald,
20. Oh, and proudly stood she up!
Her heart within her did not fail:
21. He laughed a laugh of merry scorn:
He turned and kissed her where she stood: "If you are not the heiress born,
And I," said he, "the next of blood
22. "If you are not the heiress born,
And I," said he, "the lawful heir,
And you shall still be-LADY CLARE." ALFRED TENNYSON, poet laureate of England, the son of a clergyman, was born in Lincolnshire, in 1810. He received his university education at Trinity College, Cambridge. His first volume of poems was published in 1830; his second, three years afterward. Some of his early minor pieces, as well as selections from "The Princess," are simple, true to nature, and exquisitely beautiful. "In Memoriam," one of his most characteristic poems, is the most important contribution which has yet been given to what may strictly be entitled Elegiac Poetry. It first appeared in 1850, nearly twenty years after the death of young Hallam, the son of the celebrated historian, to whom he was bound by many
endearing ties, and to whose memory the work is a tribute. Careful study, and reflection on the reader's own inmost being, are required to fully reveal the imaginative power, the wisdom, and the spiritual beauty of this work. The poet's early fame is fully sustained by his later writings. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is one of the most spirited and effective poems ever written. "Idyls of the King," for vigor, exquisite utterance, and varied interest, is probably inferior to no corresponding poem in any language. "Lady Clare," the selection here introduced, while well adapted to public reading and poetic recitation, is especially valuable as an exercise in Personation-see p. 69.
102. MAUD MULLER.
AUD MULLER, on a summer's day,
2. But when she glanced to the far-off town,
Of the apple-trees, to greet the maid,
nd ask a draught from the spring that flowed Through the meadow, across the road.
4. She stooped where the cool spring bubbled up,
5. He spoke of the grass, and flowers, and trees,
And Maud forgot her brier-torn gown,
Seeks a vain excuse, he rode away.
6. Maud Muller looked and sighed : "Ah me!
"A form more fair, a face more sweet,
No doubtful balance of rights and wrongs,
And health, and quiet, and loving words."
8. But he thought of his sister, proud and cold,
But the lawyers smiled that afternoon,
9. He wedded a wife of richest dower,
He watched a picture come and go;
Free as when I rode that day
Where the barefoot maiden raked the hāy.”
She felt his pleased eyes read her face.
13. Alas for maiden, alas for Judge,
For rich repiner and household drudge!
1 Spinet, a musical instrument resembling a harpsichord, but småller. 'Astral, (ås ́tral-låmp), an argand
lamp having the oil in a flattened ring surmounted by a hemisphere of ground glass.
For all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!"
And in the hereafter, angels may
Roll the stone from its grave away.
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, one of the truest and most worthy of American poets, was born near Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1808. Of a Quaker family, his youth was passed at home, assisting his father on the farm, and attending the district school and Haverhill Academy. In 1828 he went to Boston, and became editor of a newspaper entitled the "American Manufacturer," and in 1830 he succeeded George D. Prentice as editor of the "New England Weekly Review," at Hartford, and remained connected with it for two years. For several years he was corresponding editor of the Washington "National Era." He has been a prolific and popular writer both in prose and verse. A complete edition of his poems, in two volumes, appeared in 1863; and "Snow-Bound, a Winter Idyl," in 1866. In 1840 Mr. Whittier removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where all his later publications have been written, and where he still resides.
103. THE DREAM.
UR life is twofold: sleep hath its own world-
And dreams in their development have breath,
A portion of ourselves as of our time,
'Sibyl, a woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy: hence, a female fortune-teller, or gipsy. The number of the sibyls is
variously stated; but among the ancients, they were believed to be ten. They resided in various parts of Persia, Greece, and Italy.