GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK

HENRY CLAY WORK

 

 

 

 

1.     Reader 1     My grandfather's clock was too large for the shelf,

2.                  So it stood ninety years on the floor.

3.     Reader 2     It was taller by half than the old man himself,

4.                  Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.

5.     Reader 3     It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born

6.                  And was always his treasure and pride,

7.     All          But it stopped –short-, never to go again,

8.                  When the old man died.

 

9.                  Ninety years without slumbering-

10.                             Tick, tock, tick, tock.

11.                             His life seconds numbering-

12.                             Tick, tock, tick, tock.

13.                             It stopped -short-, never to go again,

14.                             When the old man died.

 

15.                Reader 4     In watching its pendulum swing to and fro

16.                             Many hours had he spent while a boy,

17.                Reader 5     And in childhood and manhood the clock seemed to know

18.                             And to share both his grief and his joy,

19.                Reader 6     For it struck twenty-four when he entered the door

20.                             With a blooming and beautiful bride,

21.                All          But it stopped –short-, never to go again,

22.                             When the old man died.

 

23.                Reader 7     My grandfather said of those he could hire,

24.                             Not a servant so faithful he found,

25.                Reader 8     For it wasted no time and had but one desire -

26.                             At the close of each week to be wound.

27.                Reader 9     And it kept in its place, not a frown on its face,

28.                             And its hands never hung by its side,

29.                All          But it stopped –short-, never to go again,

30.                             When the old man died.

 

31.                Reader 10    It rang an alarm in the dead of night,

32.                             An alarm that for years had been dumb,

33.                Reader 11    And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight,

34.                             That his hour for departure had come.

35.                Reader 12    Still the clock kept the time with a soft and muffled chime

36.                             As we silently stood by his side,

37.                All          But it stopped –short-, never to go again,

38.                             When the old man died.

Glossary:

Muffled – wrapped up to reduce sound

Pennyweight – about 1/20 of an ounce

Pluming – dressing