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Title: Journeys through Bookland : a new and original plan for reading applied to the world’s best literature for children
Year: 1922 (1920s)
Authors: Sylvester, Charles Herbert
Subjects: Children’s literature
Publisher: Chicago : Bellows-Reeve
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esecration, but, on theother hand, there is so much more in the Elegy than ap-pears at first glance that it is worth while to read it in thelight of anothers eyes. Not a few persons find some en-joyment in reading, but fall far short of the highestpleasure because of their failure really to comprehend themeaning of certain words and forms of expression. Forthat reason, notes are appended where they may be needed.A good reader is never troubled by notes at the bottom ofthe page. If they are of no interest or benefit to him, heknows it with a glance and passes on with his reading. Ifthe note is helpful, he gathers the information and returnsto his reading, beginning not at the word from which thereference was made, but at the beginning of the sentenceor stanza; then he loses nothing by going to the footnote. 360 Elegy 361 THE curfew^ tolls the knell of parting day,The lowing herd winds slowly oer the lea,The plowman homeward plods his weary wayAnd leaves the world to darkness and to me.
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HOMEWARD PLODS HIS WEARY WAY Xow fades the glimmering landscape on the sight.And all the air a solemn stillness holds, Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight.And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds f 1. In some of our American toAvns and cities a curfew bell is rungas a signal that the children must leave the streets and go to theirhomes. ^Many years ago it was the custom in English villages toring a bell at nightfall as a signal for people to cover their fireswith ashes to preserve till morning, and as a signal for bed. Theword curfew, in fact, is from the French, and means cover fire. 2. The word knell suggests death, and gives the first mournfulnote to the poem. 3. The sheep are shut up for the night in the folds or pens. Whatare the tinklingsF Why should they be called drowsy 1 362 Elegy Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tower* The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower,Molest her ancient solitary reign.^ Beneath those rugged
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