Jane And Eliza Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABB CCDD EEFF AAGG HHII FFEE GGAA

There were two little girls neither handsome nor plainA
One's name was Eliza the other's was JaneA
They were both of one height as I've heard people sayB
They were both of one age I believe to a dayB
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'Twas fancied by some who but slightly had seen themC
That scarcely a difference was there between themC
But no one for long in this notion persistedD
So great a distinction there really existedD
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Eliza knew well that she could not be pleasingE
While fretting and fuming while sulky or teasingE
And therefore in company artfully triedF
Not to break her bad habits but only to hideF
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So when she was out with much labour and painA
She contrived to look almost a pleasant as JaneA
But then you might see that in forcing a smileG
Her mouth was uneasy and ached all the whileG
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And in spite of her care it would sometimes befallH
That some cross event happen'd to ruin it allH
And because it might chance that her share was the worstI
Her temper broke loose and her dimples dispersedI
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But Jane who had nothing she wanted to hideF
And therefore these troublesome arts never triedF
Had none of the care and fatigue of concealingE
But her face always show'd what her bosom was feelingE
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At home or abroad there was peace in her smileG
A cheerful good nature that needed no guileG
And Eliza work'd hard but could never obtainA
The affection that freely was given to JaneA

Ann Taylor



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