Lucy Gray Poem-2 Class-VIII


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Q. 1. Who was Lucy Gray? Where did she live?
Ans. Lucy Gray was a very pretty child. She lived
on an open uncultivated land.

Q. 2. What did the father ask Lucy to do and why?
Ans. Her father asked Lucy to go to the town with a lantern to bring her mother back. He wanted so because the night was going to be stormy.

Q. 3. What shows that Lucy was a dutiful and loving child?
Ans. Lucy gladly obeyed her father's command to go to the town and bring her mother. This shows that she was a dutiful and lovely child.

Q. 4. Why could Lucy not reach the town?
Ans. Lucy could not reach the town because she was caught in the storm and lost her way.

Q. 5. What did the parents do to find Lucy?
Ans. They searched for her the whole night. They went shouting far and wide.
Q. 6. Lucy's parents followed her foot marks. Where did they reach at last?
Ans. At last they reached a bridge.

Q. 7. What do you think could have happened to Lucy?
Ans. Lucy would have drowned and died.


Q. Read the following stanzas (extracts) and
answer the questions given below each :


Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray
And, when I crossed the wild,
I chanced to see at break of day
The solitary child.
1. Why was Lucy a lonely child. Or What type of child has Lucy been described and why?
Ans. Lucy has been described as a lonely child because she lived on a wild moor. She had no companion to play with.

2. Who chanced to see Lucy and when?
Ans. The poet chanced to see her. He saw her at the break of day.


No mate, no comrade Lucy knew;
She dwelt on a wide moor,
The sweetest thing that ever grew
Beside a human door!
1. Where did Lucy Gray live?
Ans. Lucy Gray lived in a lonely place.

2. What type of child was she?
Ans. She was a very sweet child. But she was lonely.


You yet may spy the fawn at play,
The hare upon the green;
But the sweet face of Lucy Gray
W11 never more be seen.
1. Whom can we see at play?
Ans. We can see a fawn and a hare at play.

2. What will never be seen?
Ans. The sweet face of Lucy Gray will never be seen
any more.


"To-night will be a stormy night,
You to the town must go ;
And take a lantern, child,
to light Your mother through the snow."
1. What was Lucy asked to do?
Ans. Lucy was asked to go to the town and ring her mother home.

What task was entrusted to Lucy?
2. Why was the child asked to carry a lantern with her?
Ans. The night was stormy. So the child was asked to carry a lantern with her to guide her mother through the snow.


"That, Father ! will I gladly do :
'Tis scarcely afternoon,
The minster-clock has just struck two,
And yonder is the moon !"
1. What was Lucy's reply?
Answers 1. She replied that she would gladly go to the town to guide her mother.

2. What does her reply tell us about Lucy?
Ans. Her reply tells us that Lucy was an obedient child.


At this the Father raised his hook,
And snapped a faggot-band;
He plied his work—and Lucy took
The lantern in her hand.
1. What did Lucy's father raise? What did he begin to do?
Ans. Lucy's father raised a hook. He began to cut the wood.

2. Why did Lucy take the lantern with her?
Ans. The night was stormy. Lucy took the lantern to show the way to her mother in the snow.


Not blither is the mountain roe;
With many a wanton stroke
Her feet disperse the powdery snow,
That rises up like smoke.
1. How did Lucy feel when she left for the town?
Answers 1. Lucy was very happy when she left for the town. She was rather happier than a mountain roe.

2. What rose up like smoke and why?
Ans. Snow rose up like smoke because Lucy was dispersing it with her feet.


The storm came on before its time :
She wandered up and down ;
And many a hill did Lucy climb :
But never reached the town.
1. Did the storm come as predicted?
Ans. No, the storm came before time.

2. Why could Lucy not reach the town?
Ans. Lucy was caught in the storm and she lost her way. So she could not reach the town.


The wretched parents all that night
Went shouting far and wide;
But there was neither sound nor sight
To serve them for a guide.
1. Why have the parents been described as wretched?
Answers 1. They are Lucy's parents. They have been described as wretched because they have gone almost mad in search of Lucy.

2. What did they do? Did anyone guide them?
Ans. They shouted far and wide. Nobody guided them.


At daybreak on a hill they stood
That overlooked the moor,
And thence they saw the bridge of wood,
A furlong from their door.
1. Who stood on the hill and at what time?
Ans. Lucy's parents stood on the hill at daybreak.

2. What was the bridge made of? How far was it from their house?
Ans. The bridge was made of wood. It was a furlong
from their house.


They wept—and, turning homeward cried :
"In heaven we all shall meet!"
When in the snow the mother spied
The print of Lucy's feet.
1. Which line in the stanza suggests that Lucy is no more?
Ans. The line 'In heaven we all shall meet' suggests that Lucy is no more.

2. Where did Lucy's mother see Lucy's foot marks?
Ans. Lucy's mother saw Lucy's foot marks in the snow.


 Then downwards from the steep hill's edge 
They tracked the foot marks small;
And through the broken hawthorn hedge,
And by the long stone-wall;
1. Where did Lucy's parents come down from?
Ans. Lucy's parents came down from the steep hill's edge.

2. Where did they go through, tracing the foot marks?
Ans. They went through the thorny hedge and by the long stone wall.


And then an open field they crossed :
The marks were still the same.
They tracked them on, nor ever lost;
And to the bridge they came.
1. What did they cross? Had the foot marks changed?
Ans. They crossed the open field. No, the foot marks had not changed.

2. Where did they come?
Ans. They followed the foot marks and reached the bridge.


They followed from the snowy bank
Those foot marks, one by one,
Into the middle of the plank ;
And further there were none !
1. From where did they start following the foot marks?
Ans. They started following the foot marks from a snowy bank.

2. Where did Lucy's foot marks lead her parents to?
Ans. Lucy's foot marks led the parents to the middle of the bridge.


Yet some maintain that to this day
She is a living child;
That you may see sweet Lucy Gray
Upon the lonesome wild.
1. What do some people of the area still believe?
Ans. Some people of the area still believe that Lucy is not dead. She is still alive.

2. Where can we see Lucy?
Ans. We can see Lucy in the lonely place.


O'er rough and smooth she trips along,
And never looks behind;
And sings a solitary song
That whistles in the wind.
1. What whistles in the wind?
Ans. Lucy's solitary song whistles in the

2. What is the substance of the poem?
Ans. The substance of the poem is that beauties of nature are immortal. Lucy Gray is no more. Still people believe that she is a living child. We can listen her song in the wind.



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