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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 'hapless'.
happiness
unlucky
smart

Q 2: Why does the boy say that he can never enjoy light?
his parents do not allow him to go out and play
he has always been blind
he does not like sun light

Q 3: Which lines in the poem tell us that the boy is happy in spite of his blindness?
But sure with patience I can bear
A loss I ne’er can know.
With heavy sighs I often hear
You mourn my hapless woe;
Then let not what I cannot have
My cheer of mind destroy:

Q 4: Use a dictionary to find the meaning of 'woe'.
a poetic way of saying 'we'
an enemy
sorrow, grief

Q 5: What is the boy's 'hapless woe' which others mourn?
his ignorance
his blindness
his poverty

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 feels warm sun light, it is day.
When he plays, it is day; when he sleeps, it is night.

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