Motherhood Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABBCCCCDDCCEEFF GGHHCCIICCAAJJKK LLCCMMNNGGOOPKPK

She laid it where the sunbeams fallA
Unscann'd upon the broken wallA
Without a tear without a groanB
She laid it near a mighty stoneB
Which some rude swain had haply castC
Thither in sport long ages pastC
And Time with mosses had o'erlaidC
And fenced with many a tall grassbladeC
And all about bid roses bloomD
And violets shed their soft perfumeD
There in its cool and quiet bedC
She set her burden down and fledC
Nor flung all eager to escapeE
One glance upon the perfect shapeE
That lay still warm and fresh and fairF
But motionless and soundless thereF
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No human eye had mark'd her passG
Across the linden shadow'd grassG
Ere yet the minster clock chimed sevenH
Only the innocent birds of heavenH
The magpie and the rook whose nestC
Swings as the elmtree waves his crestC
And the lithe cricket and the hoarI
And huge limb'd hound that guards the doorI
Look'd on when as a summer windC
That passing leaves no trace behindC
All unapparell'd barefoot allA
She ran to that old ruin'd wallA
To leave upon the chill dank earthJ
For ah she never knew its worthJ
'Mid hemlock rank and fern and lingK
And dews of night that precious thingK
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And there it might have lain forlornL
From morn till eve from eve to mornL
But that by some wild impulse ledC
The mother ere she turn'd and fledC
One moment stood erect and highM
Then pour'd into the silent skyM
A cry so jubilant so strangeN
That Alice as she strove to rangeN
Her rebel ringlets at her glassG
Sprang up and gazed across the grassG
Shook back those curls so fair to seeO
Clapp'd her soft hands in childish gleeO
And shriek'd her sweet face all aglowP
Her very limbs with rapture shakingK
My hen has laid an egg I knowP
And only hear the noise she's makingK

Charles Stuart Calverley



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