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Saying, in thundering tones: “Here, take it! this is your answer ! ” Silently out of the room then glided the glistening

savage, Bearing the serpent’s skin, and seeming himself like a serpent, 480

Winding his sinuous way in the dark to the depths of the forest.

V
THE SAILING or THE MAYFLOWER

Just in the gray of the dawn, as the mists uprose

from the meadows,

There was a stir and a sound in the slumbering village of Plymouth;

Clanging and clicking of arms, and the order imperative, “Forward!”

Given in tone suppressed, a tramp of feet, and then silence. 485

Figures ten, in the mist, marched slowly out of the village.

Standish the stalwart it was, with eight of his valorous army,

437 Eight: there were twelve drilled men. Why did he not take the remaining four?

Led by their Indian guide, by Hobomok, friend of the white men, Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt of the

savage. Giants they seemed in the mist, or the mighty men of King David ; 490

Giants in heart they were, who believed in God and the Bible, — Ay, who believed in the smiting of Midianites and

Philistines.

Over them gleamed far oif the crimson banners of morning;

Under them loud on the sands, the serried billows, advancing,

Fired along the line, and in regular order retreated. 495

Many a mile had they marched, when at length the village of Plymouth

49° Who was King David? Had be any other reputation than that of a warrior?

492 Midiauites: look up Exodus ii. 15. From the Bible text, what is the probable location of this country?

Philistines: look up Exodus xiii. 17. What is the probable location of Philistia? Why did the Israelites smite the Midianites and Philistines?

493-495 Of what is this a description ?

Woke from its sleep, and arose, intent on its manifold labors.

Sweet was the air and soft; and slowly the smoke from the chimneys

Rose over roofs of thatch, and pointed steadily east

ward; Men came forth from the doors, and paused and talked of the weather, 500

Said that the wind had changed, and was blowing fair for the Mayflower;

Talked of their Captain’s departure, and all the dangers that menaced,

He being gone, the town, and what should be done in his absence. ‘

Merrily sang the birds, and the tender voices of

women Consecrated with hymns the common cares of the household. 505

Out of the sea rose the sun, and the billows rejoiced at his coming;

Beautiful were his feet on the purple tops of the mountains;

Beautiful on the sails of the Mayflower riding at anchor,

501 Why is the wind said to be “ blowing fair for the Mayflower ” 9 507 Look up Isaiah lii. 7.

Battered and blackened and worn by all the storms of

the winter. Loosely against her masts was hanging and flapping her canvas, 5m

Rent by so many gales, and patched by the hands ofthe sailors. Suddenly from her side, as the sun rose over the

ocean, Darted a puff of smoke, and floated seaward; anon rang Loud over field and forest the cannon’s roar, and the echoes Heard and repeated the sound, the signal-gun of departure! 515 Ah! but with louder echoes replied the hearts of the people !

Meekly, in voices subdued, the chapter was read from the Bible,

Meekly the prayer was begun, but ended in fervent entreaty!

Then from their houses in haste came forth the Pilgrims of Plymouth,

Men and women and children, all hurrying down to the

sea-shore, 5:0 Eager, with tearful eyes, to say farewell to the Mayflower, '

Homeward bound o’er the sea, and leaving them here in the desert.

Foremost among them was Alden. All night he had lain without slumber, _ Turning and tossing about in the heat and unrest of

his fever. He had beheld Miles Standish, who came back late from the council, 525 Stalking into the room, and heard him mutter and murmur,

Sometimes it seemed a prayer, and sometimes it sounded like swearing.

Once he had come to the bed, and stood there a moment in silence;

Then he had turned away, and said: “I will not awake him;

Let him sleep on, it is best; for what is the use of more talking!” 530

Then he extinguished the light, and threw himself down on his pallet,

Dressed as he was, and ready to start at the break of the morning,—

522 Desert: is Plymouth county a desert? What would be a better word? See if it will fit into the line.

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