New National Fourth Reader eBook

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quoth, spoke.

hale, in good health; strong.

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  There dwelt a miller, hale and bold,
    Beside the river Dee;
  He worked and sang from morn till night—­
    No lark so blithe as he;
  And this the burden of his song
    Forever used to be: 
  “I envy nobody—­no, not I,
    And nobody envies me!”

  “Thou’rt wrong, my friend,” said good King Hal;
    “As wrong as wrong can be;
  For could my heart be light as thine,
    I’d gladly change with thee. 
  And tell me now, what makes thee sing,
    With voice so loud and free. 
  While I am sad, though I’m a king,
    Beside the river Dee?”

  The miller smiled and doffed his cap: 
    “I earn my bread,” quoth he;
  “I love my wife, I love my friend,
    I love my children three;
  I owe no penny I can not pay;
    I thank the river Dee,
  That turns the mill that grinds the corn
    That feeds my babes and me.”

  “Good friend,” said Hal, and sighed the while,
    “Farewell! and happy be! 
  But say no more, if thou’dst be true,
    That no one envies thee. 
  Thy mealy cap is worth my crown;
    Thy mill, my kingdom’s fee;
  Such men as thou are England’s boast,
    O miller of the Dee!”

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Directions for Reading.—­In the second stanza of the lesson, wrong becomes very emphatic on account of repetition (being repeated a number of times). My and thine, in the same stanza, are emphatic on account of contrast (contrary meaning of the words).

Point out an example of emphasis by repetition, and an example of emphasis by contrast, in the third stanza.

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Language Lesson.—­Hal = Harry = Henry.

Let pupils place un before each of the following words, and give their meaning.

    changed burdened envied

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fero’cious, savage; fierce.

rosette’, an article made to resemble a rose.

aban’doned, left forever; given up.

encoun’ter, meet face to face.

in’fluence, power over others.

keen, sharp; piercing.

reputa’tion, what is known of a person.

wit’ness, see or know by personal presence.

trail, track; footsteps.

alert’, on the watch; careful.

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The jaguar, or as he is sometimes called, the American tiger, is the largest and most ferocious of the cat family found on this continent.

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