Saturday 19 December 2020

He That Is Down Needs Fear No Fall


 He That Is Down Needs Fear No Fall


He that is down needs fear no fall,

He that is low, no pride;

He that is humble ever shall

Have God to be his guide.

I am conent with what I have,

Little be it or much;

And, Lord, contentment still I crave,

Because Thou savest such.

Fullness to such a burden is

That go on pilgrimage :

Here little, and hereafter bliss,

Is best from age to age.

– John Bunyan

New Words / Phrases and their Use

1. low (humble, weak and depressed) – God loves the weak and the low.

2. content (satisfied) – I am content with whatever I have.

3. crave (desire strongly) – He always craves for money.

4. burden (responsibility) – The burden of the family is on my shoulders.

5. pilgrimage (religious journey) – Life is a pilgrimage on this earth.


Comprehension and Appreciation of the Poem

Answer each question briefly :

1. Who fears no fall ?

2. Who has no pride ?

3. Who has God for his guide ?

4. What is the poet content with ?

5. What does the poet crave and why ?

6. For whom is fullness a burden ?

7. What does the poet regard as bliss ?

8. Find the rhyming pairs of words in the poem.

Vocabulary Enrichment

Match the words with their opposites :

1. much best

2. worst little

3. proud pride

4. humility content

5. emptiness humble

6. heretofore fullness

7. discontent hereafter

Grammar in Use

Note : We can use ‘need’ as a helping verb in negative sentences, not in

affirmative sentences. The sentence –

He needs fear no fall.

is grammatically incorrect. As a helping verb the singular form of

need’ is ‘need’ not ‘needs’Therefore, correct sentence should be –

He need not fear any fall. (Here need is a helping verb.)

(or) He does not need to fear any fall. (Here need is the main verb.)

(or) He needs no fear of any fall. (Here need is the main verb.)