The Collar

By George Herbert

I struck the board, and cried, 'No more!

I will abroad. What? shall I ever sigh and pine?

My lines and life are free; free as the road, Loose as the wind, as large as store. . . .

(Voice: direct, complaining, aloof)

NO COWARD SOUL IS MINE By Emily Bronte

No coward soul is mine,

No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere!

I see Heaven's glories shine,

And Faith shines equal, arming me from Fear.

(Voice: confident, intelligent, philosophical)

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS By Christina Rossetti

How comes it, Flora, that, whenever we

Play cards together, you invariably,

However the pack parts, Still hold the Queen of Hearts?

(Voice: suspicious, sly, questioning)

BEAT! BEAT! DRUMS! By Walt Whitman

Beat! beat! drums! blow! bugles! blow!

Through the windows — through doors — burst like a ruthless force,

Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,

Into the school where the scholar is studying; . . .

(Voice: loud, oracular, commanding)

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