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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 meaning of 'blessing'?
blindness
thing that brings happiness, a boon
a type of dress

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

Q 3: Use a dictionary to find the meaning of 'hapless'.
smart
unlucky
happiness

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

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

Q 6: Which lines in the poem tell us that the boy is happy in spite of his blindness?
Then let not what I cannot have
My cheer of mind destroy:
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.

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