Maidenhood Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABABCDCD EFEFGHGI

THROUGH her fair world of blossoms fresh and brightA
Veiled with her maiden innocence she goesB
Not all the splendour of the waxing lightA
She sees nor all the colour of the roseB
And yet who knows what finer hues she seesC
Hid by our wisdom from our longing eyesD
Who knows what light she sees in skies and seasC
Which is withholden from our seas and skiesD
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Shod with her youth the thorny paths she treadsE
And feels not yet the treachery of the thornF
Her crown of lilies still its perfume shedsE
Where Love the thorny crown not yet is borneF
Yet in the mystery of her peaceful wayG
Who knows what fears beset her innocenceH
Who trembling learns that thorns will wound some dayG
And wonders what thorns are and why and whenceI

Edith Nesbit



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