Merciles Beaute Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BCC BCBC BCCBCC C ACC ACAC ACCACC D ACC ACAC ACCACC

CAPTIVITYA
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YOUR eyen two wol slee me sodenlyB
I may the beaute of hem not susteneC
So woundeth hit through out my herte keneC
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And but your word wol helen hastilyB
My hertes wounde whyl that hit is greneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp Your eyen two wol slee me sodenlyB
nbsp nbsp nbsp I may the beaute of hem not susteneC
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Upon my trouthe I sey yow feithfullyB
That ye ben of my lyf and deeth the queneC
For with my deeth the trouthe shal be seneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp Your eyen two wol slee me sodenlyB
nbsp nbsp nbsp I may the beaute of hem not susteneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp So woundeth hit through out my herte keneC
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REJECTIONC
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So hath your beaute fro your herte chacedA
Pitee that me ne availeth not to pleyneC
For Daunger halt your mercy in his cheyneC
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Giltles my deeth thus han ye me purchacedA
I sey yow sooth me nedeth not to feyneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp So hath your beaute fro your herte chacedA
nbsp nbsp nbsp Pitee that me ne availeth not to pleyneC
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Allas that nature hath in yow compassedA
So greet beaute that no man may atteyneC
To mercy though he sterve for the peyneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp So hath your beaute fro your herte chacedA
nbsp nbsp nbsp Pitee that me ne availeth not to pleyneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp For Daunger halt your mercy in his cheyneC
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ESCAPED
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Sin I fro Love escaped am so fatA
I never thenk to ben in his prison leneC
Sin I am free I counte him not a beneC
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He may answere and seye this or thatA
I do no fors I speke right as I meneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp Sin I fro Love escaped am so fatA
nbsp nbsp nbsp I never thenk to ben in his prison leneC
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Love hath my name y strike out of his sclatA
And he is strike out of my bokes cleneC
For ever mo ther is non other meneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp Sin I fro Love escaped am so fatA
nbsp nbsp nbsp I never thenk to ben in his prison leneC
nbsp nbsp nbsp Sin I am free I counte him not a beneC

Geoffrey Chaucer



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