Wasps In A Garden Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


The wall trees are laden with fruitA
The grape and the plum and the pearB
The peach and the nectarine to suitA
Every taste in abundance are thereB
Yet all are not welcome to tasteC
These kind bounties of Nature for oneD
From her open spread table must hasteC
To make room for a more favoured sonD
As that wasp will soon sadly perceiveE
Who has feasted awhile on a plumF
And his thirst thinking now to relieveE
For a sweet liquid draught he is comeF
He peeps in the narrow mouthed glassG
Which depends from a branch of the treeH
He ventures to creep down alasG
To be drowned in that delicate seaH
'Ah say ' my dear friend 'is it rightI
These glass bottles are hung upon treesJ
Midst a scene of inviting delightI
Should we find such mementos as these '-
'From such sights ' said my friend 'we may drawK
A lesson for look at that beeH
Compared with the wasp which you sawK
He will teach us what we ought to beH
'He in safety industriously pliesL
His sweet honest work all the dayM
Then home with his earnings he fliesL
Nor in thieving his time wastes away '-
'O hush nor with fables deceive '-
I replied 'which though pretty can ne'erB
Make me cease for that insect to grieveE
Who in agony still does appearN
'If a simile ever you needO
You are welcome to make a wasp doP
But you ne'er should mix fiction indeedO
With things that are serious and true '-

Charles Lamb


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