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St Nicholas and the Luckless Sailor
Music: John Field
After surviving a terrible storm, a crew-member on St Nicholas’s ship met with a tragic accident.

INTENDING to visit the Holy Sepulchre, Nicholas boarded an Egyptian ship headed for Jerusalem. One night during his voyage, he dreamt that the ship was caught in a terrible storm, and that Satan had cut the rigging and broken the wheel.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Sale. Sail.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rush. Fall. Cut.

Use together in one sentence: Moment. Catch. Rage.

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St Nicholas and the Empty Granary
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
The saintly Bishop helped the captain of a merchant ship to cut through the red tape, and save his town from starvation.

IN 333, Lycia suffered one of the worst famines anyone could remember. It was especially bad in Myra, where St Nicholas was bishop, and the granary at the port of Andriaca, built by the Emperor Hadrian, stood empty.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Remind. Remember.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fine. Ship. Promise.

Use together in one sentence: Captain. Store. Question.

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St Nicholas and the Golden Dowry
Nicholas used his inheritance to help three vulnerable girls escape a life of exploitation.

IN Nicholas’s hometown of Patara there lived a man who had once been very wealthy, but had now fallen into desperate poverty.

He had three daughters, but they had already had to move away to find work, and as they were all remarkably beautiful he was increasingly anxious that a brothel was their most likely fate.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Already. All ready.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fill. Slip. Find.

Use together in one sentence: Wealthy. Purse. Charity.

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