What We Needed. Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


What does our country need Not armies standingA
With sabres gleaming ready for the fightB
Not increased navies skillful and commandingA
To bound the waters with an iron mightB
Not haughty men with glutted purses tryingA
To purchase souls and keep the power of placeC
Not jeweled dolls with one another vieingA
For palms of beauty elegance and graceC
But we want women strong of soul yet lowlyD
With that rare meekness born of gentlenessE
Women whose lives are pure and clean and holyD
The women whom all little children blessF
Brave earnest women helpful to each otherG
With finest scorn for all things low and meanH
Women who hold the names of wife and motherG
Far nobler than the title of a QueenH
O these are they who mold the men of storyD
These mothers ofttimes shorn of grace and youthI
Who worn and weary ask no greater gloryD
Than making some young soul the home of truthI
Who sow in hearts all fallow for the sowingA
The seeds of virtue and of scorn for sinJ
And patient watch the beauteous harvest growingA
And weed out tares which crafty hands cast inJ
Women who do not hold the gift of beautyD
As some rare treasure to be bought and soldK
But guard it as a precious aid to dutyD
The outer framing of the inner goldK
Women who low above their cradles bendingA
Let flattery's voice go by and give no heedL
While their pure prayers like incense are ascendingA
These are our country's pride our country's needL

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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