Gemini And Virgo Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Some vast amount of years agoA
Ere all my youth had vanished from meB
A boy it was my lot to knowA
Whom his familiar friends called TommyB
I love to gaze upon a childC
A young bud bursting into blossomD
Artless as Eve yet unbeguiledC
And agile as a young opossumD
And such was he A calm browed ladC
Yet mad at moments as a hatterE
Why hatters as a race are madC
I never knew nor does it matterE
He was what nurses call a 'limb '-
One of those small misguided creaturesF
Who though their intellects are dimG
Are one too many for their teachersF
And if you asked of him to sayH
What twice was or timesI
He'd glance in quite a placid wayH
From heaven to earth from earth to heavenJ
And smile and look politely roundC
To catch a casual suggestionJ
But make no effort to propoundC
Any solution of the questionJ
And so not much esteemed was heB
Of the authorities and thereforeK
He fraternized by chance with meB
Needing a somebody to care forK
And three fair summers did we twainL
Live as they say and love togetherE
And bore by turns the wholesome caneL
Till our young skins became as leatherE
And carved our names on every deskM
And tore our clothes and inked our collarsF
And looked unique and picturesqueN
But not it may be model scholarsF
We did much as we chose to doC
We'd never heard of Mrs GrundyB
All the theology we knewC
Was that we mightn't play on SundayH
And all the general truths that cakesO
Were to be bought at four a pennyB
And that excruciating achesO
Resulted if we ate too manyB
And seeing ignorance is blissP
And wisdom consequently follyB
The obvious result is thisP
That our two lives were very jollyB
At last the separation cameQ
Real love at that time was the fashionJ
And by a horrid chance the sameQ
Young thing was to us both a passionJ
Old POSER snorted like a horseR
His feet were large his hands were pimplyB
His manner when excited coarseR
But Miss P was an angel simplyB
She was a blushing gushing thingS
All more than all my fancy paintedC
Once when she helped me to a wingS
Of goose I thought I should have faintedC
The people said that she was blueB
But I was green and loved her dearlyB
She was approaching thirty twoB
And I was then eleven nearlyB
I did not love as others doB
None ever did that I've heard tell ofT
My passion was a byword throughB
The town she was of course the belle ofT
Oh sweet as to the toilworn manU
The far off sound of rippling riverE
As to cadets in HindostanU
The fleeting remnant of their liverE
To me was ANNA dear as goldC
That fills the miser's sunless coffersF
As to the spinster growing oldC
The thought the dream that she had offersF
I'd sent her little gifts of fruitC
I'd written lines to her as VenusV
I'd sworn unflinchingly to shootC
The man who dared to come between usV
And it was you my Thomas youB
The friend in whom my soul confidedC
Who dared to gaze on her to doB
I may say much the same as I didC
One night I SAW him squeeze her handC
There was no doubt about the matterE
I said he must resign or standC
My vengeance and he chose the latterE
We met we 'planted' blows on blowsW
We fought as long as we were ableB
My rival had a bottle noseW
And both my speaking eyes were sableB
When the school bell cut short our strifeX
Miss P gave both of us a plasterE
And in a week became the wifeX
Of Horace Nibbs the writing masterE
I loved her then I'd love her stillB
Only one must not love Another'sF
But thou and I my Tommy willB
When we again meet meet as brothersF
It may be that in age one seeksY
Peace only that the blood is briskerE
In boy's veins than in theirs whose cheeksY
Are partially obscured by whiskerE
Or that the growing ages stealB
The memories of past wrongs from usV
But this is certain that I feelB
Most friendly unto thee oh ThomasV
And wheresoe'er we meet againU
On this or that side the equatorE
If I've not turned teetotaller thenU
And have wherewith to pay the waiterE
To thee I'll drain the modest cupZ
Ignite with thee the mild HavannahU
And we will waft while liquoring upZ
Forgiveness to the heartless ANNAU

Charles Stuart Calverley


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