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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'.
a poetic way of saying 'we'
sorrow, grief
an enemy

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

Q 3: What does the boy want others to tell him?
how the moon makes it a night
how the sun makes one feel warm
how the sun makes it a day or night

Q 4: 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.

Q 5: 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 6: What is the boy's 'hapless woe' which others mourn?
his poverty
his ignorance
his blindness

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