Nothing But Stones Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


I think I never passed so sad an hourA
Dear friend as that one at the church to nightB
The edifice from basement to the towerA
Was one resplendent blaze of coloured lightB
Up through broad aisles the stylish crowd was throngingC
Each richly robed like some king's bidden guestD
Here will I bring my sorrow and my longingC
I said and here find restD
I heard the heavenly organ's voice of thunderA
It seemed to give me infinite reliefE
I wept Strange eyes looked on in well bred wonderA
I dried my tears their gaze profaned my griefE
Wrapt in the costly furs and silks and lacesF
Beat alien hearts that had no part with meG
I could not read in all those proud cold facesF
One thought of sympathyG
I watched them bowing and devoutly kneelingC
Heard their responses like sweet waters rollH
But only the glorious organ's sacred pealingC
Seemed gushing from a full and fervent soulH
I listened to the man of holy callingC
He spoke of creeds and hailed his own as bestD
Of man's corruption and of Adam's fallingC
But naught that gave me restD
Nothing that helped me bear the daily grindingC
Of soul with body heart with heated brainI
Nothing to show the purpose of this blindingC
And sometimes overwhelming sense of painI
And then dear friend I thought of thee so lowlyG
So unassuming and so gently kindJ
And lo a peace a calm serene and holyG
Settled upon my mindJ
Ah friend my friend one true heart fond and tenderA
That understands our troubles and our needsK
Brings us more near to God than all the splendourA
And pomp of seeming worship and vain creedsK
One glance of thy dear eyes so full of feelingC
Doth bring me closer to the InfiniteL
Than all that throng of worldly people kneelingC
In blaze of gorgeous lightB

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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