Captain Craig Iii Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

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I found the old man sitting in his bedA
Propped up and uncomplaining On a chairB
Beside him was a dreary bowl of brothC
A magazine some glasses and a pipeD
I do not light it nowadays he saidA
But keep it for an antique influenceE
That it exerts an aura that it shedsF
Like hautboys or Provence You understandG
The charred memorial defeats us yetH
But think you not for always We are youngI
And we are friends of time Time that made smokeJ
Will drive away the smoke and we shall knowK
The work that we are doing We shall buildL
With embers of all shrines one pyramidM
And we shall have the most resplendent flameN
From earth to heaven as the old words goK
And we shall need no smoke Why don't you laughO
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I gazed into those calm half lighted eyesP
And smiled at them with grim obedienceE
He told me that I did it very wellQ
But added that I should undoubtedlyR
Do better in the future There is nothingS
He said so beneficial in a sick roomT
As a well bred spontaneity of mannerU
Your sympathetic scowl obtrudes itselfV
And is indeed surprising After deathW
Were you to take it with you to your coffinX
An unimaginative man might thinkY
That you had lost your life in worryingS
To find out what it was that worried youZ
The ways of unimaginative menA2
Are singularly fierce Why do you standG
Sit here and watch me while I take this soupB2
The doctor likes it therefore it is goodC2
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The man who wrote the decalogue pursuedD2
The Captain having swallowed four or fiveE2
Heroic spoonfuls of his lukewarm brothC
Forgot the doctors And I think sometimesF2
The man of Galilee or if you chooseG2
The men who made the sayings of the manH2
Like Buddha and the others who have seenI2
Was to men's loss the Poet though it beR
The Poet only of him we revereJ2
The Poet we remember We have putK2
The prose of him so far away from usL2
The fear of him so crudely over usL2
That I have wondered wondered CautiouslyR
But yet as one were cautious in a dreamM2
He set the bowl down on the chair againA2
Crossed his thin fingers looked me in the faceN2
And looking smiled a little Go awayO2
He said at last and let me go to sleepP2
I told you I should eat but I shall notQ2
To morrow I shall eat and I shall readA
Some clauses of a jocund instrumentR2
That I have been preparing here of lateS2
For you and for the rest assuredlyR
'Attend the testament of Captain CraigT2
Good citizens good fathers and your sonsU2
Good mothers and your daughters ' I should say soK
Now go away and let me go to sleepP2
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I stood before him and held out my handG
He took it pressed it and I felt againA2
The sick soft closing on it He would notQ2
Let go but lay there looking up to meR
With eyes that had a sheen of water on themV2
And a faint wet spark within them So he clungI
Tenaciously with fingers icy warmW2
And eyes too full to keep the sheen unbrokenX2
I looked at him The fingers closed hard onceE
And then fell down I should have left him thenA2
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But when we found him the next afternoonY2
My first thought was that he had made his eyesP
Miraculously smaller They were sharpZ2
And hard and dry and the spark in them was dryA3
For a glance it all but seemed as if the manH2
Had artfully forsworn the brimming gazeB3
Of yesterday and with a wizard strengthC3
Inveigled in reduced and vitalizedQ2
The straw shine of October and had thatQ2
Been truth we should have humored him no lessD3
Albeit he had fooled us for he saidQ2
That we had made him glad by coming to himE3
And he was glad the manner of his wordsF3
Revealed the source of them and the gray smileG3
Which lingered like a twilight on his faceN2
Told of its own slow fading that it heldQ2
The promise of the sun CadaverousN2
God knows it was and we knew it was honestQ2
So you have come to hear the old man readQ2
To you from his last will and testamentQ2
Well it will not be long not very longH3
So listen He brought out from underneathI3
His pillow a new manuscript and saidQ2
You have done well to come and hear me readQ2
My testament There are men in the worldQ2
Who say of me if they remember meR
That I am poor and I believe the waysN2
Of certain men who never find things outQ2
Are stranger than the way Lord Bacon wroteQ2
Leviticus and Faust He fixed his eyesN2
Abstractedly on something far from usN2
And with a look that I remembered wellQ
Gazed hard the while we waited But at lengthC3
He found himself and soon began to chantQ2
With a fitful shift at thin sonorousnessN2
The jocund instrument and had he beenX
Definitively parceling to usN2
All Kimberley and half of BallaratQ2
The lordly quaver of his poor old wordsN2
Could not have been the more magniloquentQ2
No promise of dead carbon or of goldQ2
However flashed in ambush to corrupt usN2
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I Captain Craig abhorred iconoclastQ2
Sage errant favored of the MysteriesN2
And self reputed humorist at largeJ3
Do now confessed of my world worshipingH3
Time questioning sun fearing and heart yieldingH3
Approve and unreservedly deviseN2
To you and your assigns for evermoreK3
God's universe and yours If I had wonX2
What first I sought I might have made you beamM2
By giving less but now I make you laughO
By giving more than what had made you beamM2
And it is well No man has ever doneX2
The deed of humor that God promisesN2
But now and then we know tragediansN2
Reform and in denial too divineL3
For sacrifice too firm for ecstasyN2
Record in letters or in books they writeQ2
What fragment of God's humor they have caughtQ2
What earnest of its rhythm and I believeM3
That I in having somewhat recognizedQ2
The formal measure of it have enduredQ2
The discord of infirmity no lessN2
Through fortune than by failure What men loseN2
Man gains and what man gains reports itselfV
In losses we but vaguely deprecateQ2
So they be not for us and this is rightQ2
Except that when the devil in the sunX2
Misguides us we go darkly where the shineL3
Misleads us and we know not what we seeN2
We know not if we climb or if we fallN3
And if we fly we know not where we flyA3
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And here do I insert an urging clauseN2
For climbers and up fliers of all sortsN2
Cliff climbers and high fliers PhaethonL3
Bellerophon and Icarus did eachO3
Go gloriously up and each in turnL3
Did famously come down as you have readQ2
In poems and elsewhere but other menL3
Have mounted where no fame has followed themV2
And we have had no sight no news of themV2
And we have heard no crash The crash may countQ2
Undoubtedly and earth be fairer for itQ2
Yet none save creatures out of harmonyL3
Have ever in their fealty to the fleshP3
Made crashing an ideal It is the fleshP3
That ails us for the spirit knows no qualmV2
No failure no down falling so climb highA3
And having set your steps regard not muchQ3
The downward laughter clinging at your feetQ2
Nor overmuch the warning only knowL3
As well as you know dawn from lantern lightQ2
That far above you for you and within youZ
There burns and shines and lives unwaveringH3
And always yours the truth Take on yourselfV
But your sincerity and you take onL3
Good promise for all climbing fly for truthR3
And hell shall have no storm to crush your flightQ2
No laughter to vex down your loyaltyL3
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I think you may be smiling at me nowL3
And if I make you smile so much the betterU
For I would have you know that I rejoiceN2
Always to see the thing that I would seeL3
The righteous thing the wise thing I rejoiceN2
Always to think that any thought of mineL3
Or any word or any deed of mineL3
May grant sufficient of what fortifiesN2
Good feeling and the courage of calm joyS3
To make the joke worth while ContrariwiseN2
When I review some faces I have knownL3
Sad faces hungry faces and reflectQ2
On thoughts I might have moulded human wordsN2
I might have said straightway it saddens meL3
To feel perforce that had I not been muteQ2
And actionless I might have made them brightQ2
Somehow though only for the moment YesN2
Howbeit I may confess the vanitiesN2
It saddens me and sadness of all thingsN2
Miscounted wisdom and the most of allN3
When warmed with old illusions and regretsN2
I mark the selfishest and on like linesN2
The shrewdest For your sadness makes you climbV2
With dragging footsteps and it makes you groanL3
It hinders you when most you would be freeL3
And there are many days it wearies youZ
Beyond the toil itself And if the loadQ2
It lays on you may not be shaken offT3
Till you have known what now you do not knowL3
Meanwhile you climb and he climbs best who seesN2
Above him truth burn faithfulest and feelsN2
Within him truth burn purest Climb or fallN3
One road remains and one firm guidance alwaysN2
One way that shall be taken climb or fallN3
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But 'falling falling falling ' There's your songH3
The cradle song that sings you to the graveU3
What is it your bewildered poet saysN2
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'The toiling ocean thunders of unrestQ2
And aching desolation the still seaL3
Paints but an outward calm that mocks itselfV
To the final and irrefragable sleepP2
That owns no shifting fury and the shoalsN2
Of ages are but records of regretQ2
Where Time the sun's arch phantom writes on sandQ2
The prelude of his ancient nothingness '-
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'T is easy to compound a dirge like thatQ2
And it is easy to be deceivedQ2
And alienated by the fleshless noteQ2
Of half world yearning in it but the truthR3
To which we all are tending charlatansN2
And architects alike artificersN2
In tinsel as in gold evangelistsN2
Of ruin and redemption all alikeH3
The truth we seek and equally the truthR3
We do not seek but yet may not escapeV3
Was never found alone through flesh contemptQ2
Or through flesh reverence Look east and westQ2
And we may read the story where the lightQ2
Shone first the shade now darkens where the shadeQ2
Clung first the light fights westward though the shadeQ2
Still feeds and there is yet the OrientQ2
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But there is this to be remembered alwaysN2
Whatever be the altitude you reachO3
You do not rise alone nor do you fallN3
But you drag others down to more or lessN2
Than your preferred abasement God forbidQ2
That ever I should preach and in my zealW3
Forget that I was born an humoristQ2
But now for once before I go awayO2
I beg of you to be magnanimousN2
A moment while I speak to please myselfV
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Though I have heard it variously sungH3
That even in the fury and the clashX3
Of battles and the closer fights of menL3
When silence gives the knowing world no signL3
One flower there is though crushed and cursed it beL3
Keeps rooted through all tumult and all scornL3
Still do I find when I look sharply downL3
There's yet another flower that grows wellQ
And has the most unconscionable rootsN2
Of any weed on earth PerennialY3
It grows and has the name of SelfishnessN2
No doubt you call it Love In either caseN2
You propagate it with a diligenceN2
That hardly were outmeasured had its leafZ3
The very juice in it of that famed herbA4
Which gave back breath to Glaucus and I knowL3
That in the twilight after the day's workH3
You take your little children in your armsN2
Or lead them by their credulous frail handsN2
Benignly out and through the garden gateQ2
And show them there the things that you have raisedQ2
Not everything perchance but always oneL3
Miraculously rooted flower plotQ2
Which is your pride their pattern SocratesN2
Could he be with you there at such a timeV2
Would have some unsolicited shrewd wordsN2
To say that you might hearken to but IA3
Say nothing for I am not SocratesN2
So much good friends for flowers and I thank youZ
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There was a poet once who would have roaredQ2
Away the world and had an end of starsN2
Where was he when I quoted him oh yesN2
'T is easy for a man to link loud wordsN2
With woeful pomp and unschooled emphasisN2
And add one thundered contribution moreK3
To the dirges of all hollowness I saidQ2
But here again I find the question setQ2
Before me after turning books on booksN2
And looking soulward through man after manL3
If there indeed be more determiningH3
Play service in remotely sounding downL3
The world's one sidedness If I judge rightQ2
Your pounding protestations echoingH3
Their burden of unfraught futilityL3
Surge back to mute forgetfulness at lastQ2
And have a kind of sunny sullen endQ2
Like any cold north storm But there are fewZ
Still seas that have no life to profit themV2
And even in such currents of the mindQ2
As have no tide rush in them but are drowsedQ2
Crude thoughts may dart in armor and upspringH3
With waking sound when all is dim with peaceN2
Like sturgeons in the twilight out of LetheR3
And though they be discordant hard grotesqueH3
And all unwelcome to the lethargyL3
That you think means repose you know as wellQ
As if your names were shouted when they leapP2
And when they leap you listen Ah friends friendsN2
There are these things we do not like to knowL3
They trouble us they make us hesitateQ2
They touch us and we try to put them offT3
We banish one another and then sayO2
That we are left alone the midnight leafZ3
That rattles where it hangs above the snowL3
Gaunt fluttering forlorn scarcely may seemV2
So cold in all its palsied lonelinessN2
As we we frozen brothers who have yetQ2
Profoundly and severely to find outQ2
That there is more of unpermitted loveB4
In most men's reticence than most men thinkH3
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Once when I made it out fond headednessN2
To say that we should ever be apprisedQ2
Of our deserts and their emolumentQ2
At all but in the specious way of wordsN2
The wisdom of a warm thought woke within meL3
And I could read the sun Then did I turnL3
My long defeated face full to the worldQ2
And through the clouded warfare of it allN3
Discern the light Through dusk that hindered itQ2
I found the truth and for the first whole timeV2
Knew then that we were climbing Not as oneL3
Who mounts along with his experienceN2
Bound on him like an Old Man of the SeaL3
Not as a moral pedant who drags chainsN2
Of his unearned ideals after himV2
And always to the lead like thud they makeH3
Attunes a cold inhospitable chantQ2
Of All Things Easy to the Non AttachedQ2
But as a man a scarred man among menL3
I knew it and I felt the strings of thoughtQ2
Between us to pull tight the while I stroveC4
And if a curse came ringing now and thenL3
To my defended ears how could I knowL3
The light that burned above me and within meL3
And at the same time put on cap and bellsN2
For such as yet were gropingH3
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KilligrewK3
Made there as if to stifle a small coughD4
I might have kicked him but regret forbadeQ2
The subtle admonition and indeedQ2
When afterwards I reprimanded himV2
The fellow never knew quite what I meantQ2
I may have been unjust The Captain readQ2
Right on without a chuckle or a pauseN2
As if he had heard nothingH3
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How forsoothR3
Shall any man by curses or by groansN2
Or by the laugh jarred stillness of all hellQ
Be so drawn down to servitude againL3
That on some backward level of lost lawsN2
And undivined relations he may knowL3
No longer Love's imperative resourceN2
Firm once and his well treasured then but nowL3
Too fondly thrown away And if there comeV2
But once on all his journey singing downL3
To find him the gold throated forward callN3
What way but one what but the forward wayO2
Shall after that call guide him When his earsN2
Have earned an inward skill to methodizeN2
The clash of all crossed voices and all noisesN2
How shall he grope to be confused againL3
As he has been by discord When his eyesN2
Have read the book of wisdom in the sunL3
And after dark deciphered it on earthR3
How shall he turn them back to scan some hugeE4
Blood lettered protest of bewildered menL3
That hunger while he feeds where they would starveF4
And all absurdly perishG4
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KilligrewK3
Looked hard for a subtile object on the wallN3
And having found it sighed The Captain pausedQ2
If he grew tedious most assuredlyL3
Did he crave pardon of us he had fearedQ2
Beforehand that he might be wearisomeV2
But there was not much more of it he saidQ2
No more than just enough And we rejoicedQ2
That he should look so kindly on us thenL3
Commend me to a dying man's grimaceN2
For absolute humor always KilligrewK3
Maintains but I know betterK3
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Work for themV2
You tell me Work the folly out of themV2
Go back to them and teach them how to climbV2
While you teach caterpillars how to flyA3
You tell me that Alnaschar is a foolH4
Because he dreams And what is this you askH3
I make him wise I teach him to be stillI4
While you go polishing the PyramidsN2
I hold Alnaschar's feet And while you haveJ4
The ghost of Memnon's image all day singingH3
I sit with aching arms and hardly catchK4
A few spilled echoes of the song of songsN2
The song that I should have as utterlyL3
For mine as other men should once have hadQ2
The sweetest a glad shepherd ever trilledQ2
In Sharon long ago Is this the wayO2
For me to do good climbing any moreK3
Than Phaethon's Do you think the golden toneL3
Of that far singing call you all have heardQ2
Means any more for you than you should beL3
Wise heartedly glad heartedly yourselvesN2
Do this there is no more for you to doQ2
And you have no dread left no shame no scornL3
And while you have your wisdom and your goldQ2
Songs calling and the Princess in your armsN2
Remember if you like from time to timeV2
Down yonder where the clouded millions goL3
Your bloody knuckled scullions are not slavesN2
Your children of Alnaschar are not foolsN2
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Nor are they quite so foreign or far downL3
As you may think to see them What you takeH3
To be the cursedest mean thing that crawlsN2
On earth is nearer to you than you knowL3
You may not ever crush him but you loseN2
You may not ever shield him but you gainL3
As he with all his crookedness gains with youQ2
Your preaching and your teaching your achievingH3
Your lifting up and your discoveringH3
Are more than often more than you have dreamedQ2
The world refracted evidence of whatQ2
Your dream denies You cannot hide yourselvesN2
In any multitude or solitudeQ2
Or mask yourselves in any studied guiseN2
Of hardness or of old humilityL3
But soon by some discriminating manL3
Some humorist at large like SocratesN2
You get yourselves found out Now I should beL3
Found out without an effort For exampleY3
When I go riding trimmed and shaved againL3
Consistent adequate respectableY3
Some citizen for curiosityL3
Will ask of a good neighbor 'What is this '-
'It is the funeral of Captain Craig '-
Will be the neighbor's word 'And who good manL3
Was Captain Craig ' 'He was an humoristQ2
And we are told that there is nothing moreK3
For any man alive to say of him '-
'There is nothing very strange in that ' says AL4
'But the brass band What has he done to beL3
Blown through like this by cornets and trombonesN2
And here you have this incompatible dirgeM4
Where are the jokes in that ' Then B should sayO2
'Maintained his humor nothing more or lessN2
The story goes that on the day beforeK3
He died some say a week but that's a trifleY3
He said with a subdued facetiousnessN2
Play Handel not Chopin assuredly notQ2
Chopin ' He was indeed an humoristQ2
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He made the paper fall down at arm's lengthR3
And with a tension of half quizzicalY3
Benignity that made it hard for usN2
He looked up first at Morgan then at meL3
Almost I thought as if his eyes would askH3
If we were satisfied and as he lookedQ2
The tremor of an old heart's wearinessN2
Was on his mouth He gazed at each of usN2
But spoke no further word that afternoonL3
He put away the paper closed his eyesN2
And went to sleep with his lips flickeringH3
And after that we left him At midnightQ2
Plunket and I looked in but he still sleptQ2
And everything was going as it shouldQ2
The watchman yawned rattled his newspaperK3
And wondered what it was that ailed his lampN4
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Next day we found the Captain wide awakeH3
Propped up and searching dimly with a spoonL3
Through another dreary dish of chicken brothR3
Which he raised up to me at my approachO4
So fervently and so unconsciouslyL3
That one could only laugh He looked againL3
At each of us and as he looked he frownedQ2
And there was something in that frown of hisN2
That none of us had ever seen beforeK3
Kind friends he said be sure that I rejoiceN2
To know that you have come to visit meL3
Be sure I speak with undisguised wordsN2
And earnest when I say that I rejoiceN2
But what the devil whispered KilligrewK3
I kicked him for I thought I understoodQ2
The old man's eyes had glimmered wearilyL3
At first but now they glittered like to thoseN2
Of a glad fish Beyond a doubt said heL3
My dream this morning was more singularK3
Than any other I have ever knownL3
Give me that I might live ten thousand yearsN2
And all those years do nothing but have dreamsN2
I doubt me much if any one of themV2
Could be so quaint or so fantasticalL3
So pregnant as a dream of mine this morningH3
You may not think it any more than oddQ2
You may not feel you cannot wholly feelL3
How droll it was I dreamed that I found HamletQ2
Found him at work drenched with an angry sweatQ2
Predestined he declared with emphasisN2
To root out a large weed on Lethe wharfP4
And after I had watched him for some timeV2
I laughed at him and told him that no rootQ2
Would ever come the while he talked like thatQ2
The power was not in him I explainedQ2
For such compound accomplishment He glaredQ2
At me of course next moment laughed at meL3
And finally laughed with me I was rightQ2
And we had eisel on the strength of itQ2
'They tell me that this water is not good '-
Said Hamlet and you should have seen him smileL3
Conceited Pelion and Ossa pahQ4
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But anon comes in a crocodile We steppedQ2
Adroitly down upon the back of himV2
And away we went to an undiscovered countryL3
A fertile place but in more ways than oneL3
So like the region we had started fromV2
That Hamlet straightway found another weedQ2
And there began to tug I laughed againL3
Till he cried out on me and on my mirthR3
Protesting all he knew 'The Fates ' he saidQ2
'Have ordered it that I shall have these roots '-
But all at once a dreadful hunger seized himV2
And it was then we killed the crocodileL3
Killed him and ate him Washed with eisel downL3
That luckless reptile was to the last morselL3
And there we were with flag fens all around usN2
And there was Hamlet at his task againL3
Ridiculous And while I watched his workH3
The drollest of all changes came to passN2
The weed had snapped off just above the rootQ2
Not warning him and I was left aloneL3
The bubbles rose and I laughed heartilyL3
To think of him I laughed when I woke upR4
And when my soup came in I laughed againL3
I think I may have laughed a little noL3
Not when you came Why do you look like thatQ2
You don't believe me Crocodiles why notQ2
Who knows what he has eaten in his lifeS4
Who knows but I have eaten AtroposN2
'Briar and oak for a soldier's crown ' you sayN2
Provence Oh no Had I been SocratesN2
Count Pretzel would have been the King of SpainL3
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Now of all casual things we might have saidQ2
To make the matter smooth at such a timeV2
There may have been a few that we had foundQ2
Sufficient Recollection fails howeverK3
To say that we said anything We lookedQ2
Had he been Carmichael we might have stoodQ2
Like faithful hypocrites and laughed at himV2
But the Captain was not Carmichael at allL3
For the Captain had no frogs he had the sunL3
So there we waited hungry for the wordQ2
Tormented unsophisticated stretchedQ2
Till with a drawl to save us KilligrewK3
Good humoredly spoke out The Captain fixedQ2
His eyes on him with some severityL3
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That was a funny dream beyond a doubtQ2
Said Killigrew too funny to be laughed atQ2
Too humorous we mean Too humorousN2
The Captain answered I approve of thatQ2
Proceed We were not glad for KilligrewK3
Well he went on 't was only this You seeL3
My dream this morning was a droll one tooQ2
I dreamed that a sad man was in my roomV2
Sitting as I do now beside the bedQ2
I questioned him but he made no replyL3
Said not a word but sang Said not a wordQ2
But sang the Captain echoed Very goodQ2
Now tell me what it was the sad man sangH3
Now that said Killigrew constrainedlyL3
And with a laugh that might have been left outQ2
Is why I know it must have been a dreamV2
But there he was and I lay in the bedQ2
Like you and I could see him just as wellL3
As you see my right hand And for the songsN2
He sang to me there's where the dream part comesN2
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You don't remember them the Captain saidQ2
With a weary little chuckle very wellL3
I might have guessed it Never mind your dreamV2
But let me go to sleep For a moment thenL3
There was a frown on Killigrew's good faceN2
And then there was a smile Not quite said heL3
The songs that he sang first were sorrowfulL3
And they were stranger than the man himselfV
And he was very strange but I found outQ2
Through all the gloom of him and of his musicH3
That a say well say mystic cheerfulnessN2
Pervaded him for slowly as he sangH3
There came a change and I began to knowL3
The method of it all Song after songH3
Was ended and when I had listened thereK3
For hours I mean for dream hours hearing himV2
And always glad that I was hearing himV2
There came another change a great one TearsN2
Rolled out at last like bullets from his eyesN2
And I could hear them fall down on the floorK3
Like shoes and they were always marking timeV2
For the song that he was singing I have lostQ2
The greater number of his verses nowL3
But there are some like these that I rememberK3
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'Ten men from ZanzibarK3
Black as iron hammers areK3
Riding on a cable carK3
Down to Crowley's theatre '-
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Ten men the Captain interrupted thereK3
Ten men my Euthyphron That is beautifulL3
But never mind I wish to go to sleepP2
Tell Cebes that I wish to go to sleepP2
O ye of little faith your golden plumesN2
Are like to drag par dee We may have smiledQ2
In after days to think how KilligrewK3
Had sacrificed himself to fight that silenceN2
But we were grateful to him none the lessN2
And if we smiled that may have been the reasonL3
But the good Captain for a long time thenL3
Said nothing he lay quiet fast asleepP2
For all that we could see We waited thereK3
Till each of us I fancy must have madeQ2
The paper on the wall begin to squirmV2
And then got up to leave My friends went outQ2
And I was going when the old man criedQ2
You leave me now now it has come to thisN2
What have I done to make you go Come backH3
Come backH3
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There was a quaver in his cryK3
That we shall not forget reproachful kindQ2
Indignant piteous It seemed as oneL3
Marooned on treacherous tide feeding sandQ2
Were darkly calling over the still straitsN2
Between him and irrevocable shoresN2
Where now there was no lamp to fade for himV2
No call to give him answer We were thereK3
Before him but his eyes were not much turnedQ2
On us nor was it very much to usN2
That he began to speak the broken wordsN2
The scattered words that he had left in himV2
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So it has come to this And what is thisN2
Death do you call it Death And what is deathR3
Why do you look like that at me againL3
Why do you shrink your brows and shut your lipsN2
If it be fear then I can do no moreK3
Than hope for all of you that you may findQ2
Your promise of the sun if it be griefZ3
You feel to think that this old face of mineL3
May never look at you and laugh againL3
Then tell me why it is that you have goneL3
So long with me and followed me so farK3
And had me to believe you took my wordsN2
For more than ever misers did their goldQ2
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He listened but his eyes were far from usN2
Too far to make us turn to KilligrewK3
Or search the futile shelves of our own thoughtsN2
For golden labeled insinceritiesN2
To make placebos of The marrowy senseN2
Of slow November rain that splashed againstQ2
The shingles and the glass reminded usN2
That we had brought umbrellas He continuedQ2
Oh can it be that I too credulousN2
Have made myself believe that you believeM3
Yourselves to be the men that you are notQ2
I prove and I prize well your friendlinessN2
But I would have that your last look at meL3
Be not like this for I would scan todayN2
Strong thoughts on all your faces no regretQ2
No still commiseration oh not thatQ2
No doubt no fear A man may be as braveU3
As Ajax in the fury of his armsN2
And in the midmost warfare of his thoughtsN2
Be frail as Paris For the love thereforeK3
That brothered us when we stood back that dayN2
From Delium the love that holds us nowL3
More than it held us at AmphipolisN2
Forget you not that he who in his workH3
Would mount from these low roads of measured shameV2
To tread the leagueless highway must fling firstQ2
And fling forevermore beyond his reachO3
The shackles of a slave who doubts the sunL3
There is no servitude so fraudulentQ2
As of a sun shut mind for 't is the mindQ2
That makes you craven or invincibleL3
Diseased or puissant The mind will payN2
Ten thousand fold and be the richer thenL3
To grant new service but the world pays hardQ2
And accurately sickens till in yearsN2
The dole has eked its end and there is leftQ2
What all of you are noting on all daysN2
In these Athenian streets where squandered menL3
Drag ruins of half warriors to the graveU3
Or to HippocratesN2
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His head fell backH3
And he lay still with wearied eyes half closedQ2
We waited but a few faint words yet stayedQ2
Kind friends he said friends I have known so longH3
Though I have jested with you in time pastQ2
Though I have stung your pride with epithetsN2
Not all forbearing still when I am goneL3
Say Socrates wrought always for the bestQ2
And for the wisest end Give me the cupR4
The truth is yours God's universe is yoursN2
Good by good citizens give me the cupR4
Again we waited and this time we knewQ2
Those lips of his that would not flicker downL3
Had yet some fettered message for us thereK3
We waited and we watched him All at onceN2
With a faint flash the clouded eyes grew clearK3
And then we knew the man was coming backH3
We watched him and I listened The man smiledQ2
And looked about him not regretfullyL3
Not anxiously and when at last he spokeH3
Before the long drowse came to give him peaceN2
One word was all he said Trombones he saidQ2
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That evening at The Chrysalis againL3
We smoked and looked at one another's eyesN2
And we were glad The world had scattered waysN2
For us to take we knew but for the timeV2
That one snug room where big beech logs roared smoothR3
Defiance to the cold rough rain outsideQ2
Sufficed There were no scattered ways for usN2
That we could see just then and we were gladQ2
We were glad to be on earth and we rejoicedQ2
No less for Captain Craig that he was goneL3
We might for his dead benefit have runL3
The gamut of all human weaknessesN2
And uttered after platitudes enoughT4
Wrecked on his own abstractions and all suchQ3
To drive away Gambrinus and the beadQ2
From Bernard's ale and I suppose we mightQ2
Have praised accordingly the Lord of HostsN2
For letting us believe that we were notQ2
The least and idlest of His handiworkH3
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So Plunket who had knowledge of all sortsN2
Yet hardly ever spoke began to plinkH3
O tu Palermo quaintly with his nailsN2
On Morgan's fiddle and at once got seizedQ2
As if he were some small thing by the neckH3
Then the consummate Morgan having toldQ2
Explicitly what hardship might accrueQ2
To Plunket if he did that any moreK3
Made roaring chords and acrobatic runsN2
And then with his kind eyes on KilligrewK3
Struck up the schoolgirls' march in LohengrinL3
So Killigrew might smile and stretch himselfV
And have to light his pipe When that was doneL3
We knew that Morgan by the looks of himV2
Was in the mood for almost anythingH3
From Bach to Offenbach and of all timesN2
That he has ever played that one somehowL3
That evening of the day the Captain diedQ2
Stands out like one great verse of a good songH3
One strain that sings itself beyond the restQ2
For magic and a glamour that it hasN2
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The ways have scattered for us and all thingsN2
Have changed and we have wisdom I doubt notQ2
More fit for the world's work than we had thenL3
But neither parted roads nor cent per centQ2
May starve quite out the child that lives in usN2
The Child that is the Man the MysteryK3
The Ph oelig nix of the World So now and thenL3
That evening of the day the Captain diedQ2
Returns to us and there comes always with itQ2
The storm the warm restraint the fellowshipU4
The friendship and the firelight and the fiddleL3
So too there comes a day that followed itQ2
A windy dreary day with a cold white shineL3
Which only gummed the tumbled frozen rutsN2
That made us ache The road was hard and longH3
But we had what we knew to comfort usN2
And we had the large humor of the thingH3
To make it advantageous for men stoppedQ2
And eyed us on that road from time to timeV2
And on that road the children followed usN2
And all along that road the Tilbury BandQ2
Blared indiscreetly the Dead March in SaulL3

Edwin Arlington Robinson



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