The Little Clock Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABAB CBDB EBFB GHGH IJIJ KJKL MJMJ NJOJ PQPR KHSH JJJJ JRJR TUTU TQTQ DLDL LVLV WTWT

Kind friend you do not know how muchA
I prize this time ly treasureB
So dainty diligent and suchA
A constant source of pleasureB
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The man of brains who could inventC
So true a chrono meterB
Has set a charming precedentD
And made a good repeaterB
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It speaks with clear commanding clicksE
Suggestive of the donorB
And 'tends to business never sickF
A bit more than the ownerB
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It goes when I do when I stopG
As by the dial showingH
It never lets a second dropG
But simply keeps on goingH
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It tells me when I am to eatI
Which isn't necessaryJ
When food with me is obsoleteI
I'll be a reliquaryJ
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It tells me early when to riseK
And bother with dejeunerJ
To sally forth and exerciseK
And fill up my porte monnaieL
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I hear it talking in the nightM
As if it were in cloverJ
You've never lost your appetiteM
You've never been run overJ
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It makes me wish that I might liveN
More faithful unto dutyJ
And unto others something giveO
Like this bijou of beautyJ
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It holds its hands before its faceP
So very modest is itQ
So like the people in the placeP
Where I delight to visitR
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Sometimes I wonder if it criesK
The course I am pursuingH
Because it has so many I sS
And must know what I'm doingH
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Sometimes I fear it makes me cryJ
No matter and no pityJ
Afraid at last I'll have to dieJ
In some far foreign cityJ
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It travels with me everywhereJ
And chirrups like a cricketR
As if it said with anxious airJ
Don't lose your tick tick ticketR
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Companion of my lonelinessT
Along my journey westwardU
It never leaves me comfortlessT
But has the last and best wordU
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I would not spoil its lovely faceT
And so I go behind itQ
And hold it like a china vaseT
So careful when I wind itQ
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A clock is always excellentD
That has its label onL
And proves a fine advertisementD
For Waterbury ConnL
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Those Yankees ah they never shunL
A chance to make a dimeV
And counterfeit the very sunL
In keeping Standard TimeV
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Ah well the little clock has provedW
The best of all bonanzasT
And thus my happy heart is movedW
To these effusive stanzasT

Hattie Howard



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