The Man To Be Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABBCCDDEECCFFGGCCHH IICC

Some day the world will need a man of courage in a time of doubtA
And somewhere as a little boy that future hero plays aboutA
Within some humble home no doubt that instrument of greater thingsB
Now climbs upon his father's knee or to his mother's garments clingsB
And when shall come that call for him to render service that is fineC
He that shall do God's mission here may be your little boy or mineC
Long years of preparation mark the pathway for the splendid soulsD
And generations live and die and seem no nearer to their goalsD
And yet the purpose of it all the fleeting pleasure and the woeE
The laughter and the grief of life that all who come to earth must knowE
May be to pave the way for one one man to serve the Will DivineC
And it is possible that he may be your little boy or mineC
Some day the world will need a man I stand beside his cot at nightF
And wonder if I'm teaching him as best I can to know the rightF
I am the father of a boy his life is mine to make or marG
And he no better can become than what my daily teachings areG
There will be need for someone great I dare not falter from the lineC
The man that is to serve the world may be that little boy of mineC
Perhaps your boy and mine may not ascend the lofty heights of fameH
The orders for their births are hid We know not why to earth they cameH
Yet in some little bed to night the great man of to morrow sleepsI
And only He who sent him here the secret of his purpose keepsI
As fathers then our care is this to keep in mind the Great DesignC
The man the world shall need some day may be your little boy or mineC

Edgar Albert Guest



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