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‘Hail, Liberty!’
Music: Edward Elgar
Kipling borrowed from the Greek Independence movement to give thanks for the end of the Great War.

WE knew thee of old,
Oh divinely restored,
By the light of thine eyes
And the light of thy Sword.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Breath. Breathe.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Tear. Fight. Voice.

Use together in one sentence: Day. Broke. Ah.

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‘Recessional’
Music: George Frideric Handel
A heartfelt plea for humility at the height of Britain’s Empire.

GOD of our fathers, known of old —
Lord of our far-flung battle-line —
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine —
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget — lest we forget!

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Humility. Humiliation.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Call. Iron. Hand.

Use together in one sentence: Tumult. Humble. Far.

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The Nightingale and the Glow Worm
Music: George Frideric Handel
A kind of Aesop’s Fable in verse, about mutual respect among those with different talents.

A NIGHTINGALE, that all day long
Had cheered the village with his song,
Nor yet at eve his note suspended,
Nor yet when eventide was ended,
Began to feel, as well he might,
The keen demands of appetite

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Your. You’re.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Look. Note. End.

Use together in one sentence: Supper. Dark. Music.

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Ring out the Old, Ring in the New
Music: Albert Ketèlbey
For Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Christmas was a time to let the dead past bury its dead.

RING out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Light. Alight.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: War. Shape. Let.

Use together in one sentence: Manners. Rhyme. Pure.

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Christmas Bells
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
The sounds of an English country Christmas helped Tennyson in his deep mourning for an old friend.

THE time draws near the birth of Christ:
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.

Each voice four changes on the wind,
That now dilate, and now decrease,
Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace,
Peace and goodwill, to all mankind.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Hear. Attend. Listen.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Spirit. Touch. Bell.

Use together in one sentence: Between. Pain. Merry.

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Six Honest Serving-Men
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
A professional journalist and author recognises that he has met his match

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Till. Know. Rest.

Use together in one sentence: Own. Teach. Work.

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