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And think how strangely beautiful ye are,
So mourned she the long night, and when the morn Brightened the mountains, from her lattice looked The maiden on a world that was to her A desolate and dreary waste. That day She passed in wandering by the brook that oft Had been her pathway to the sea, and still Seemed, with its cheerful murmur, to invite Her footsteps thither. “Well may'st thou rejoice, Fortunate stream !” she said, “and dance along Thy bed, and make thy course one ceaseless strain Of music, for thou journeyest toward the deep,
To which I shall return no more."
Still did she love to haunt the springs and brooks,
That whirls the humming millstone and that wields
So passed her life, a long and blameless life, And far and near her name was named with love And reverence. Still she kept, as age came on, Her stately presence; still her eyes looked forth From under their calm brows as brightly clear As the transparent wells by which she sat So oft in childhood. Still she kept her fair Unwrinkled features, though her locks were white. A hundred times had summer, since her birth, Opened the water lily on the lakes, So old traditions tell, before she died. A hundred cities mourned her, and her death Saddened the pastoral valleys. By the brook, That bickering ran beside the cottage door Where she was born, they reared her monument. Ere long the current parted and flowed round The marble base, forming a little isle, And there the flowers that love the running stream, Iris and orchis, and the cardinal flower, Crowded and hung caressingly around The stone engraved with Sella's honored name.
Coraline (kor'-a-lin): a sea plant having a coral-red color. Dulse (dúls): a coarse red seaweed.
Questions for Study
1. Choose for reading the passages descriptive of the most beautiful details that Sella enjoyed. Which of these details have you seen? What have you seen that help you to understand the others ?
2. What do you like best about Sella ? about her adventure ?
3. In this unrhymed verse, called “blank verse, you can get very beautiful effects by letting the voice pause in the proper places. Practice reading aloud the passage that you like best.
1. Can you justify what the brother did ?
2. Tell what you think of the way Sella finally accepted the loss of her slippers ? When have you, or when should you have, accepted some loss in the same way instead of “crying over spilt milk'
3. What beauties did Sella find to replace those she had lost? Which was the more unselfish, the younger or the older Sella?
The house championships had gone on until the Woodhull and the Kennedy emerged for the final conflict. The experience gained in these contests, for on such occasions Stover played with his House team, had sharpened his powers of analysis and given him a needed acquaintance with the sudden, shifting crises of actual play.
Now, the one darling desire of Stover, next to winning the fair opinion of his captain, was the rout of the Woodhull, of which Tough McCarty was the captain and his old acquaintances of the miserable days at the Green were members--Cheyenne Baxter, the Coffee-colored Angel, and Butsey White. This aggregation, counting as it did two members of the Varsity, was strong, but the Kennedy, with P. Lentz and the Waladoo Bird and Pebble Stone, the Gutter Pup, Lovely Mead, and Stover, all of the scrub, had a slight advantage.
Stover used to dream of mornings, in the lagging hours of recitation, of the contest and the sweet humiliation of his ancient foes. He would play like a demon, he would show them, Tough McCarty and the rest, what it was to be up against the despised Dink Stover—and