To T.l.h. Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Model of thy parent dearB
Serious infant worth a fearB
In thy unfaultering visage wellC
Picturing forth the son of TellC
When on his forehead firm and goodD
Motionless mark the apple stoodD
Guileless traitor rebel mildA
Convict unconscious culprit childA
Gates that close with iron roarE
Have been to thee thy nursery doorE
Chains that chink in cheerless cellsF
Have been thy rattles and thy bellsF
Walls contrived for giant sinG
Have hemmed thy faultless weakness inG
Near thy sinless bed black GuiltH
Her discordant house hath builtH
And filled it with her monstrous broodI
Sights by thee not understoodD
Sights of fear and of distressJ
That pass a harmless infant's guessJ
But the clouds that overcastK
Thy young morning may not lastK
Soon shall arrive the rescuing hourL
That yields thee up to Nature's powerL
Nature that so late doth greet theeM
Shall in o'er flowing measure meet theeM
She shall recompense with costN
For every lesson thou hast lostO
Then wandering up thy sire's lov'd hillP
Thou shalt take thy airy fillP
Of health and pastime Birds shall singQ
For thy delight each May morningQ
'Mid new yean'd lambkins thou shalt playR
Hardly less a lamb than theyR
Then thy prison's lengthened boundS
Shall be the horizon skirting roundS
And while thou fill'st thy lap with flowersT
To make amends for wintery hoursT
The breeze the sunshine and the placeU
Shall from thy tender brow effaceU
Each vestige of untimely careV
That sour restraint had graven thereV
And on thy every look impressJ
A more excelling childishnessJ
So shall be thy days beguil'dA
Thornton Hunt my favourite childA

Charles Lamb


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