Father Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABACCBD E EFFG HIHJJIK CLCAAL MNMOONN

He never made a fortune or a noiseA
In the world where men are seeking after fameB
But he had a healthy brood of girls and boysA
Who loved the very ground on which he trodC
They thought him just a little short of GodC
Oh you should have heard the way they said his nameB
'Father 'D
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There seemed to be a loving little prayerE
In their voices even when they called him 'Dad '-
Though the man was never heard of anywhereE
As a hero yet you somehow understoodF
He was doing well his part and making goodF
And you knew it by the way his children hadG
Of saying 'Father '-
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He gave them neither eminence nor wealthH
But he gave them blood untainted with a viceI
And the opulence of undiluted healthH
He was honest and unpurchable and kindJ
He was clean in heart and body and in mindJ
So he made them heirs to riches without priceI
This fatherK
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He never preached or scolded and the rodC
Well he used it as a turning pole in playL
But he showed the tender sympathy of GodC
To his children in their troubles and their joysA
He was always chum and comrade with his boysA
And his daughters oh you ought to hear them sayL
'Father '-
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Now I think of all achievements 'tis the leastM
To perpetuate the species it is doneN
By the insect and the serpent and the beastM
But the man who keeps his body and his thoughtO
WORTH bestowing on an offspring love begotO
Then the highest earthly glory he has wonN
When in pride a grown up daughter or a sonN
Says 'That's Father '-

Ella Wheeler Wilcox



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