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Old Tubal Cain was a man of might,
In the days when Earth was young;
The strokes of his hammer rung;
O'er the iron glowing clear,
As he fashioned the sword and spear. And he sang, “Hurrah for my handiwork!
Hurrah for the spear and the sword! Hurrah for the hand that shall wield them well,
For he shall be king and lord.”
To Tubal Cain came many a one,
As he wrought by his roaring fire,
As the crown of his desire;
Till they shouted loud for glee,
And spoils of the forest free.
Who hath given us strength anew!
And hurrah for the metal true!”
But a sudden change came o'er his heart,
Ere the setting of the sun,
For the evil he had done.
Made war upon their kind,
In their lust for carnage blind.
Or that skill of mine should plan,
Is to slay their fellow-man!”
And for many a day old Tubal Cain
Sat brooding o'er his woe;
And his furnace smoldered low.
And a bright, courageous eye,
While the quick flames mounted high.
And the red sparks lit the air;
And he fashioned the first plowshare.
In friendship joined their hands,
And plowed the willing lands;
Our stanch good friend is he;
To him our praise shall be.
Or a tyrant would be lord,
We ʼll not forget the sword!”
Tu'bal Cain (tū'bal kān), son of Lamech, a teacher of those who work in brass and iron (See Genesis iv, 22); brawn'y (brôn'i), strong; han'di craft (hăn'di kraft) or han'di work (liăn'dî wûrk), that which is made by the use of the hands; crown (kroun), the highest thing; spoils, products, such as various kinds of game; lŭst, longing; car'nage (kär'naj), destruction; före bõre', refrained from; plow'share' (plou'shâr'), that part of the plow which cuts into the ground; tyrant (ti'rant), a cruel ruler.
What do you learn of Tubal Cain from the first stanza?
Read the words of his song. What does this song show that he regarded as the most important thing in the world?
Why did many a one come to him?
Why was he more of a “stanch good friend” for making the plowshare than for making the sword?
When only is the sword to be remembered?
Explain: (1) “In the days when Earth was young"; (2) "spoils of the forest free"; (3) "plowed the willing lands.
THE LORD HELPETH MAN AND BEAST
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
During his march to conquer the world, Alexander the Macedonian came to a strange people in Africa, who dwelt in a remote and secluded corner in peaceful huts, and knew neither war nor conqueror. They led him to the hut of their chief, who received him hospitably, and placed before him golden dates, golden figs, and bread of gold.
“Do you eat gold in this country?” said Alexander.
“I take it for granted,” replied the chief, “that thou wert able to find edible food in thine own country. For what reason, then, art thou come among us?”
“Your gold has not tempted me hither,” said Alexander, "but I would willingly become acquainted with your manners and customs."
“So be it,” replied the other; “sojourn among us as long as it pleaseth thee.”
At the close of this conversation two citizens entered as into their court of justice. The plaintiff said: “I bought of this man a piece of land, and as I was making a deep drain through it, I found a treasure. This is not mine, for I only bargained for the land, and not for any treasure that might