Algy was in pensive mood. Smoke drifted slowly across the ridge from the hill fire behind him, but he paid no attention to it.

His old friends were having a difficult time and had to visit the hospital today. Algy sat quietly among the daffodils, listening to the birds, and thinking of his friends.

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Algy Reads a Book of Verse

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Algy was in need of a wee rest after his recent exertions, so he settled down quietly in the garden with a book of verse.

Very few poets are called Algernon, so he thought that Mr. Swinburne’s verse would surely suit. In the event, however, it turned out to be not quite as he had expected. He turned the pages rather hurriedly, hoping that no-one was watching. Here and there, he found a passage that he liked…

        Make us too music, to be with us
        As a word from a world’s heart warm,
        To sail the dark as a sea with us,
        Full-sailed, outsinging the storm

[Algy quotes part of the poem To Walt Whitman in America, from the book of verse Songs Before Sunrise by Algernon Charles Swinburne, published in 1871. For those with more stamina than Algy, this complete book of verse is available to read online or download from Project Gutenberg.]

Several days had passed, but still the rainbow colours had not worn off.
Algy was getting fed up. Then he had what he thought was a bright idea…

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