The Beech Tree Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


MY beautiful beech your smooth grey coat is trimmedA
With letters Once each stood for all things dearB
To foolish lovers dead this many a yearB
Whose lamp of lighted love so soon was dimmedA
You have seen them come and goC
And heard their kisses and vowsD
Under your boughsD
The pitiful vows they sworeE
Have seen their poor tears flowC
Have seen them part to meet and to return no moreE
And in old winters through your branches bareF
The north wind drove the blue home scented smokeG
That on the glowing Christmas hearth awokeG
Where the old logs with eager flicker and flareF
Sang their low crackling songH
Of peace and of good willI
The old song is stillI
The old voices have died awayJ
The hearth has been cold so longH
And the bright faces dimmed and covered up with clayJ
And summer after summer wakes to glowC
The ordered pleasance with the clipped box hedgeK
The drooping lilac by the old moat's edgeK
The roses that throw you kisses from belowC
The orchard pink and whiteL
The sedge's whispered wordsM
The nesting birdsM
All these return to revel round your feetN
And in the untroubled nightL
The nightingale still sings the jasmine still is sweetN
My beautiful beech I carve upon you hereO
The master letter which begins her nameP
Through whom to me the royal summer cameP
And nightingale and rose and all things dearB
And in some far off timeQ
I shall come here weary and oldR
When the hearth in my heart is coldR
And the birds that nest there flownS
I will remember this summer in all its primeQ
And say 'There was a dayJ
Thank God the Giver an unforgotten dayJ
When I walked here not aloneS
O God of pity and sorrow not alone '-

Edith Nesbit


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