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SERVICE AND THRIFT
THE HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD by SAM WALTER FOSS

NOTES AND QUESTIONS
Biographical and Historical Note. Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911) was a native of New Hampshire. After he was graduated from Brown University, he began work as editor of a newspaper. Later he was made librarian of the public library at Somerville, Massachusetts, a position he held until his death. Among his published works are Songs of War and Peace, Songs of the Average Alan, and Dreams in Homespun, from which "The House by the Side of the Road" is taken.
On one of his trips to England, the poet came, at the top of a long hill, to a little house, set almost in the road, so near was it. At one side a queer signpost finger pointed to a well-worn path and a sign "Come in and have a cool drink." Following the path he found a spring of ice-cold water, with an old-fashioned gourd dipper hanging near; on a bench was a basket of fragrant apples, with a sign "Help yourself." In the little house lived an old couple whose only source of livelihood was the stony farm. The place was rich in delicious spring water and an abundance of fruit; and from the ripening of the first purple plum to the harvesting of the season's last apple a basket of fruit was so placed that everyone passing might rest upon the long hill and refresh himself. The old man explained to the poet that they were too poor to give money to help others, so they took this way to add their mite to the world's comfort and well-doing. The beautiful thought inspired Mr. Foss to write this poem.
Discussion. 1. How does the thought of this poem compare with that of "Abou Ben Adhem"? 2. Do you know persons of the kinds described in the first stanza? How does the poet describe himself in this stanza? 3. What do you learn of the poet in the second stanza? 4. Tell in your own words the meaning of the third stanza.. 5. In the fourth stanza the poet tells you that he has sympathy with his fellow men in their joys and sorrows; what does the first line of the stanza tell you? The second line? 6. Note in the poem that the road is compared to life; read the lines that describe the road and those that describe fellow travelers. 7. Read lines that give the poet's reason for his love for his fellow men. 8. Name characters about whom you have read that you think lived "by the side of the road." 9. Why do you think the poet repeats the second stanza, with slight changes, at the end of the poem? 10. Find in the Glossary the meaning of: hermit; self-content; firmament; pioneer; blaze; highways; scorner; cynic; press; ardor; infinite; brook-gladdened.

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