Runic Verses Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCB DEDF DGDG DEDE HIHI ABCB

O the force of Runic versesA
O the mighty strength of songB
Cannot baffle all the cursesC
Which to mortal state belongB
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Slaughter'd chiefs that buried underD
Heaps of marble long have lainE
Song can rend your tomb asunderD
Give ye life and strength againF
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When around his dying captureD
Fierce the serpent draws his foldG
Song can make him wild with raptureD
Straight uncoil and bite the mouldG
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When from keep and battled towerD
Flames to heaven upward strainE
Song has o'er them greater powerD
Than the vapours dropping rainE
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It can quench the conflagrationH
Striding o'er the works of artI
But nor song nor incantationH
Can appease love's cruel smartI
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O the force of Runic versesA
O the mighty strength of songB
Cannot baffle all the cursesC
Which to mortal state belongB

George Borrow

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