The Lame Brother Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCB DEFE GHIH JKLK MNO PQRQ STUV WXYX ZA2B2

My parents sleep both in one graveA
My only friend's a brotherB
The dearest things upon the earthC
We are to one anotherB
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A fine stout boy I knew him onceD
With active form and limbE
Whene'er he leaped or jumped or ranF
O I was proud of himE
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He leaped too far he got a hurtG
He now does limping goH
When I think on his active daysI
My heart is full of woeH
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He leans on me when we to schoolJ
Do every morning walkK
I cheer him on his weary wayL
He loves to hear my talkK
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The theme of which is mostly thisM
What things he once could doN
He listens pleased then sadly saysO
'Sister I lean on you '-
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Then I reply 'Indeed you're notP
Scarce any weight at allQ
And let us now still younger yearsR
To memory recallQ
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'Led by your little elder handS
I learned to walk aloneT
Careful you used to be of meU
My little brother JohnV
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'How often when my young feet tiredW
You've carried me a mileX
And still together we can sitY
And rest a little whileX
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'For our kind master never mindsZ
If we're the very lastA2
He bids us never tire ourselvesB2
With walking on too fast '-

Charles Lamb

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