Chambers's Graduated Readers

Chambers's Graduated Readers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...pomp, crime, mercy, spirit, soldier, promise, despair, blasphemy. 4. Make sentences of your own, and use in each sentence one or more of the following words: Compensate, exaggerate, memorable, remorse. THE SHIPBUILDERS. This is taken from the poems of John G. Whittier, the Quaker poet of America. Here he tells the story of the building of a ship from the first cutting down of the timber, and he afterwards follows her in imagination across the waters. 1. The sky is ruddy in the east, The earth is gray below, And, spectral in the river mist, The ship's white timbers show. Then let the sounds of measured stroke And grating saw begin; The broad-axe to the gnarled oak, The mallet to the pin! 2. Hark! roars the bellows, blast on blast, The sooty smithy jars, And fire-sparks, rising far and fast, Are fading with the stars. All day for us the smith shall stand Beside that flashing forge; All day for us his heavy hand The groaning anvil scourge. 3. From far-off hills, the panting team For us is toiling near; For us the raftsmen down the stream Their island barges steer. Rings out for us the axe-man's stroke In forests old and still--For us the century-circled oak Falls crashing down the hill. 4. Up! up! in nobler toil than ours No craftsmen bear a part: We make of Nature's giant powers The slaves of human art. Lay rib to rib and beam to beam, And drive the treenails free; Nor faithless joint nor yawning seam Shall tempt the searching sea! 5. Where'er the keel of our good ship The sea's rough field shall plough--Where'er her tossing spars shall drip With salt-spray caught below--The ship must heed her master's beck, Her helm obey his hand, And seamen tread her reeling deck As if they trod the land. 6. Her oaken ribs the vulture-beak Of northern ice may...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236542479
  • 9781236542472