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

Q 2: What does the boy want others to tell him?
how the moon makes it a night
how the sun makes it a day or night
how the sun makes one feel warm

Q 3: Why does the boy say that he can never enjoy light?
he does not like sun light
his parents do not allow him to go out and play
he has always been blind

Q 4: 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;
Then let not what I cannot have
My cheer of mind destroy:
But sure with patience I can bear
A loss I ne’er can know.

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

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

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