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Smiling at length he exclaimed to the stalwart Captain
of Plymouth : “Pecksuot bragged very loud, of his courage, his
strength and his stature, Mocked the great Captain, and called him a little
man; but I see now Big enough have you been to lay him speechless before
Thus the first battle was fought and won by the
stalwart Miles Standish. When the tidings thereof were brought to the village
of Plymouth, And as a trophy of war the head of the brave Wat
tawamat Scowled from the roof of the fort, which at once was
a church and a fortress, All who beheld it rejoiced, and praised the Lord, and took courage.
818, 819 Trophy of war: this would be thought a horrible thing to do now, but the En ish pe
were then used to it that it did not shock them. Much later than this, in 1660, when Charles II was restored to the throne, the body of the great Cromwell was torn out of its grave and hung on a gibbet.
Only Priscilla averted her face from this spectre of
terror, Thanking God in her heart that she had not married
Miles Standish; Shrinking, fearing almost, lest, coming home from his
battles, He should lay claim to her hand, as the prize and re
ward of his valor.
Month after month passed away, and in autumn the ships of the merchants
825 Came with kindred and friends, with cattle and corn
for the Pilgrims. 825 Ships: the Anne and the Little James which really came in 1623.
826 Cattle: no cattle came to the colony till 1624, though the Pilgrims had dogs, swine, and poultry. It was necessary that cattle should be brought as soon as possible. The lack of domestic animals was one reason why the Indians did not attain to a higher civilization. How did the original inhabitants of America happen to be called Indians ? How do you suppose they came to be in America ? Look at the map and see if they could have come from Asia ? How do domestic animals help to civilize?
Corn: this must mean wheat or oats, etc. They would not be likely to obtain Indian corn from England. Before the discovery of America, the word corn” meant any kind of grain.
All in the village was peace; the men were intent on
their labors, Busy with hewing and building, with garden-plot and
with merestead, Busy with breaking the glebe, and mowing the grass
in the meadows, Searching the sea for its fish, and hunting the deer in the forest.
830 All in the village was peace; but at times the rumor
of warfare Filled the air with alarm, and the apprehension of
danger. Bravely the stalwart Standish was scouring the land
with his forces, Waxing valiant in fight and defeating the alien ar
mies, Till his name had become a sound of fear to the
nations. Anger was still in his heart, but at times the remorse
and contrition Which in all noble natures succeed the passionate out
break, Came like a rising tide, that encounters the rush of a
885 Nations: name two great Indian nations which at that time held the eastern part of America.
Staying its current awhile, but making it bitter and
Meanwhile Alden at home had built him a new habitation,
840 Solid, substantial, of timber rough-hewn from the firs
of the forest. Wooden-barred was the door, and the roof was covered
with rushes; Latticed the windows were, and the window-panes were
Oiled to admit the light, while wind and rain were ex
cluded. There too he dug a well, and around it planted an
838, 839 Such rivers are called tide-rivers. The Saint Lawrence is a tide-river up above Quebec.
843 Describe lattice windows.
Window-panes: the art of making window glass was known in England long before that, but it came into use very slowly, and glass windows were considered a great luxury which only the very rich could afford. Usually the lattice framework of windows was filled with paper which was treated with linseed oil. This allowed the light to shine through, but prevented the rain from soaking
may be seen to this day some trace of the well
and the orchard. Close to the house was the stall, where, safe and
secure from annoyance, Raghorn, the snow-white bull, that had fallen to
Alden's allotment In the division of cattle, might ruminate in the night
time Over the pastures he cropped, made fragrant by sweet
Oft when his labor was finished, with eager feet
would the dreamer Follow the pathway that ran through the woods to the
house of Priscilla, Led by illusions romantic and subtile deceptions of
fancy, Pleasure disguised as duty, and love in the semblance
of friendship Ever of her he thought, when he fashioned the walls of his dwelling;
855 Ever of her he thought, when he delved in the soil of
846 The descendants of John Alden still own his old homestead in Duxbury, a neighboring town to Plymouth. The present house is supposed to occupy the site of the first one.