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XX. THE CHASE.
1. The stag at eve had drunk his fill,
Had kindled on Ben Voirlich's head,
And faint, from farther distance borne,
2. As chief who hears his warder call,
"To arms! the foemen storm the wall!"
The dew-drops from his flanks he shook;
3. Yelled on the view the opening pack;
A hundred dogs bayed deep and strong,
Their peal the merry horns rung out,
4. Far from the tumult fled the roe,
Close in her covert cowered the doe;
5. Less loud the sounds of sylvan war
For ere that steep ascent was won,
6. The noble stag was pausing now
With anxious eye he wandered o'er
7. But nearer was the copse-wood gray
Sir Walter Scott.
FOR PREPARATION.-I. From the beginning of the "Lady of the Lake.” "Monan's rill" (branch of the Teith, which empties into the Firth of Forth), Glenart'ney, Uam-Vär', Ben Voirlich (võr ́lik), Mentēith', Lõehärd', Aberfoyle (ä-ber-foil'), Loch Achray, Ben Venue' (places among the Scottish Highlands, sixty miles northwest of Edinburgh).
II. Fōe'-men, fal'-eon (faw'kn), eâirn, piērç'-ing, ănx'-ious (ǎnk'shus), bēa'-con (b3'kn), kin'-dled (-dld), heaths (a word used much in Scotland, a flowering shrub), ê'er (âr).
III. Number of poetic fect in each line? "The stag at eve | had drunk | his fill." Accent on the first or second syllable of each foot? Distinction between roe and doe?
IV. Lair, "hoof and horn," warder, "antlered monarch," waste, crested, dale, glen, cavern, response, covert, rout (clamorous throng of huntsmen), ken (view), din, linn (mountain brook), sylvan, gallant, perforce, shrewdly, mcttled, realms, varied, copse. Meaning of Ben (a mountain) and Loch (a lake).
V. What time is meant by the "sun kindling his beacon red," etc.? (1.) "Opening pack"? (of hounds.) "Less loud the sounds," etc.? (5.) What explanation given of this in the last eight lines of the stanza?
1. In former times all the bees in a hive had to be destroyed before the honey could be got. This cruel method has now been abandoned, and the honey is secured without killing a single bee. The new mode was publicly exhibited at a bee-show in the Crystal Palace, near London, in September, 1874, and is thus described:
2. A few puffs from a pipe caused the bees to retreat among the combs, and the hive was gently turned upside down. A new and empty hive was then placed above the other so as to cover it completely; then the chief bee-master drummed with his fist upon the lower hive, and waited for the rush of the bees to the upper hive.
3. At the first disturbance of their hive, the bees had all run to fill their bags with honey. Thus they were heavy and good-tempered, and even those who escaped through the gap between the two hives did not sting the bee-master, although his face and hands were unprotected.
4. After the lapse of a few minutes a rushing sound was heard. This proved that the bees had begun to move upward. Whenever the queen-bee passed up, the others immediately followed. It was now safe to lift up the edge of the top hive, so that what was going on inside could be distinctly seen.
5. Like soldiers swarming up the walls of a city which they were about to take by storm, the bees were seen hurrying upward in thousands, climbing over each other's bodies several deep, without ever regarding the open space between the two hives, by which they might easily have escaped into the open air.