The Heart: Two Sonnets Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


The heart you hold too small and local thingB
Such spacious terms of edifice to bearC
And yet since Poesy first shook out her wingB
The mighty Love has been impalaced thereC
That has she given him as his wide demesneD
And for his sceptre ample emperyC
Against its door to knock has Beauty beenD
Content it has its purple canopyE
A dais for the sovereign lady spreadF
Of many a lover who the heaven would thinkG
Too low an awning for her sacred headF
The world from star to sea cast down its brinkG
Yet shall that chasm till He Who these did buildH
An awful Curtius make Him yawn unfilledH
O nothing in this corporal earth of manD
That to the imminent heaven of his high soulI
Responds with colour and with shadow canD
Lack correlated greatness If the scrollI
Where thoughts lie fast in spell of hieroglyphJ
Be mighty through its mighty habitantsK
If God be in His Name grave potence ifJ
The sounds unbind of hieratic chantsK
All's vast that vastness means Nay I affirmL
Nature is whole in her least things exprestH
Nor know we with what scope God builds the wormL
Our towns are copied fragments from our breastH
And all man's Babylons strive but to impartH
The grandeurs of his Babylonian heartH

Francis Thompson


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