The Wife Of Usher's Well Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCB DEFE DBFB GHB GIBI JJGF GAK LMNM IOL GPLQ RMG SOG TTG

There lived a wife at Usher's wellA
And a wealthy wife was sheB
She had three stout and stalwart sonsC
And sent them o'er the seaB
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They hadna been a week from herD
A week but barely aneE
When word came to the carline wifeF
That her three sons were ganeE
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They hadna been a week from herD
A week but barely threeB
When word came to the carline wifeF
That her sons she'd never seeB
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'I wish the wind may never ceaseG
Nor fashes in the floodH
Till my three sons come hame to meB
In earthly flesh and blood '-
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It fell about the MartinmasG
When nights are lang and mirkI
The carline wife's three sons came hameB
And their hats were o' the birkI
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It neither grew in syke nor ditchJ
Nor yet in ony sheughJ
But at the gates o' ParadiseG
That birk grew fair eneughF
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'Blow up the fire my maidensG
Bring water from the wellA
For a' my house shall feast this nightK
Since my three sons are well '-
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And she has made to them a bedL
She 's made it large and wideM
And she 's ta'en her mantle her aboutN
Sat down at the bedsideM
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Up then crew the red red cockI
And up and crew the grayO
The eldest to the youngest saidL
''Tis time we were away '-
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The cock he hadna craw'd but onceG
And clapp'd his wings at a'P
When the youngest to the eldest saidL
'Brother we must awa'Q
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'The cock doth craw the day doth dawR
The channerin' worm doth chideM
Gin we be miss'd out o' our placeG
A sair pain we maun bide '-
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'Lie still lie still but a little wee whileS
Lie still but if we mayO
Gin my mother should miss us when she wakesG
She'll go mad ere it be day '-
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'Fare ye weel my mother dearT
Fareweel to barn and byreT
And fare ye weel the bonny lassG
That kindles my mother's fire '-

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