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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: Which lines in the poem tell us that the boy is happy in spite of his blindness?
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:

Q 2: Use a dictionary to find the meaning of 'woe'.
sorrow, grief
an enemy
a poetic way of saying 'we'

Q 3: The boy says that he makes his 'day and night' himself. What is the difference between day and night to him?
When he plays, it is day; when he sleeps, it is night.
When he feels warm sun light, it is day.
His mother tells him when it is day or night.

Q 4: What is the meaning of 'blessing'?
thing that brings happiness, a boon
blindness
a type of dress

Q 5: Use a dictionary to find the meaning of 'hapless'.
smart
unlucky
happiness

Q 6: What is the boy's 'hapless woe' which others mourn?
his poverty
his blindness
his ignorance

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