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Grade 5 - English Language
3.20 Reading Poetry - The Blind Boy

Directions: Read the following poem and answer the questions. Write a poem of your own.

The Blind Boy

By Colley Cibber

O SAY what is that thing call’d Light,
Which I must ne’er enjoy;
What are the blessings of the sight,
O tell your poor blind boy!

You talk of wondrous things you see,
You say the sun shines bright;
I feel him warm, but how can he
Or make it day or night?

My day or night myself I make
Whene’er I sleep or play;
And could I ever keep awake
With me ’twere always day.

With heavy sighs I often hear
You mourn my hapless woe;
But sure with patience I can bear
A loss I ne’er can know.

Then let not what I cannot have
My cheer of mind destroy:
Whilst thus I sing, I am a king,
Although a poor blind boy.

Q 1: What is the boy's 'hapless woe' which others mourn?
his blindness
his poverty
his ignorance

Q 2: Use a dictionary to find the meaning of 'hapless'.

Q 3: What is the meaning of 'blessing'?
a type of dress
thing that brings happiness, a boon

Q 4: What does the boy want others to tell him?
how the sun makes one feel warm
how the moon makes it a night
how the sun makes it a day or night

Q 5: Use a dictionary to find the meaning of 'woe'.
a poetic way of saying 'we'
an enemy
sorrow, grief

Q 6: The boy says that he makes his 'day and night' himself. What is the difference between day and night to him?
His mother tells him when it is day or night.
When he plays, it is day; when he sleeps, it is night.
When he feels warm sun light, it is day.

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