Lazy Ned

Independent Reading. Read the poem below. Read aloud then answer the questions that follow.

1. “‘T is royal fun,” cried lazy Ned,
   “To coast, upon my fine, new sled,
     And beat the other boys;
   But then, I can not bear to climb
   The tiresome hill, for every time
     It more and more annoys.”

2. So, while his schoolmates glided by,
   And gladly tugged uphill, to try
     Another merry race,
   Too indolent to share their plays,
   Ned was compelled to stand and gaze,
     While shivering in his place.

3. Thus, he would never take the pains
   To seek the prize that labor gains,
     Until the time had passed;
   For, all his life, he dreaded still
   The silly bugbear of uphill,
     And died a dunce at last.

Questions for Discussion

  1. Do you think the poet’s words were harsh in the last stanza. Explain your answer.
  2. What did Ned like? What did he not like?