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суббота, 31 мая 2014 г.

Reading for studying English : Summer is Coming by Dora Goodale

Do you remember how happy we were when the beautiful spring  had come and brought us first flowers,green grass and birds chirping ?
But today it's time to say good bye to this marvelous season and welcome the admirable, bright summer!

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Summer is Coming
by Dora Goodale 

"Summer is coming!" the soft breezes whisper;
"Summer is coming!" the glad birdies sing.
Summer is coming - I hear her quick footsteps;
Take your last look at the beautiful Spring.

Lightly she steps from her throne in the woodlands:
"Summer is coming, and I cannot stay;
Two of my children have crept from my bosom:
April has left me but lingering May.
"What tho' bright Summer is crownèd with roses.
Deep in the forest Arbutus doth hide;
I am the herald of all the rejoicing;
Why must June always disown me?" she cried.
Down in the meadow she stoops to the daisies,
Plucks the first bloom from the appletree's bough:
"Autumn will rob me of all the sweet apples;
I will take one from her store of them now."
Summer is coming! I hear the glad echo;
Clearly it rings o'er the mountain and plain.
Sorrowful Spring leaves the beautiful woodlands,
Bright, happy Summer begins her sweet reign.


 Vocabulary

 

birdie  -          spoken a little bird. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children 
bosom - mainly literary a woman's chest, or the clothes covering it
lingering - lasting for a long time, especially when this is unpleasant or not necessary

arbutus -a tree (you can see it in the pic below)
doth - an old word meaning "does"
rejoicing - a time when people celebrate and express feelings of great happiness .
disown - to say that you no longer wont to be connected with somebody or something .

In this poem we can see an interesting pair of  antonyms : Sorrowful - happy.

Try to memorise these words and phrases to become a more skillful English speaker.
 So, let's read,learn,enjoy! Good luck!


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