The Lord Of The Castle Of Indolence Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


NOR did we lack our own right royal kingB
The glory of our peaceful realm and raceC
By no long years of restless travailingB
By no fierce wars or intrigues bland and baseC
Did he attain his superlofty placeC
But one fair day he lounging to the throneD
Reclined thereon with such possessing graceC
That all could see it was in sooth his ownD
That it for him was fit and he for it aloneD
He there reclined as lilies on a riverE
All cool in sunfire float in buoyant restF
He stirred as flowers that in the sweet south quiverE
He moved as swans move on a lake s calm breastF
Or clouds slow gliding in the golden westF
He thought as birds may think when mid the treesG
Their joy showers music o er the brood filled nestF
He swayed us all with ever placid easeG
As sways the throned moon her world wide wandering seasG
Look as within some fair and princely hallH
The marble statue of a god may restF
Admired in silent reverence by allH
Soothing the weary brain and anguished breastF
By life s sore burthens all too much oppressedF
With visions of tranquillity supremeI
So self sufficing grand and bland and blestF
He dwelt enthroned and whoso gazed did seemI
Endowed with death calm life in long unwistful dreamI
While others fumed and schemed and toiled in vainK
To mould the world according to their moodL
He did by might of perfect faith refrainK
From any part in such disturbance rudeL
The world he said indeed is very goodM
Its Maker surely wiser far than weN
Feed soul and flesh upon its bounteous foodL
Nor fret because of ill All good is HeN
And worketh not in years but in EternityN
How men will strain to row against the tideO
Which yet must sweep them down in its careerP
Or if some win their way and crown their prideO
What do they win the desert wild and drearP
The savage rocks the icy wastes austereP
Wherefrom the river s turbid rills downflowH
But he upon the waters broad and clearP
In harmony with all the winds that blowH
Mid cities fields and farms went drifting to and froH
The king with constant heed must rule his realmQ
The soldier faint and starve in marches longB
The sailor guide with sleepless care his helmQ
The poet from sick languors soar in songB
But he alone amidst the troubled throngB
In restful ease diffused beneficenceR
Most like a mid year noontide rich and strongB
That fills the earth with fruitful life intenseS
And yet doth trance it all in sweetest indolenceS
When summer reigns the joyous leaves and flowersS
Steal imperceptibly upon the treeP
So stole upon him all his bounteous hoursS
So passive to their influence seemed heP
So clothed they him with joy and majestyP
Basking in ripest summer all his timeT
We blessed his shade and sang him songs of gleeP
The dew and sunbeams fed his perfect primeT
And rooted broad and deep he broadly towered sublimeT
Thus could he laugh those great and generous laughsS
Which made us love ourselves the world and himU
And while they rang we felt as one who quaffsS
Some potent wine cup dowered to the brimU
And straightway all things seem to reel and swimU
Suns moons earth stars sweep through the vast profoundV
Wrapt in a golden mist light warm and dimU
Rolled in a volume of triumphant soundV
So in that laughter s joy the whole world carolled roundV
The sea the sky wood mountain stream and plainK
Our whole fair world did serve him and adornW
Most like some casual robe which he might deignK
To use when kinglier vesture was not wornW
Was all its being by his soul upborneW
That it should render homage so completeX
The day and night the even and the mornW
Seemed ever circling grateful round his feetX
With Thee through Thee we live this rich life pure and sweetX
For while he loved our broad world beautifulH
His placid wisdom penetrated itY
And found the lovely words but poor and dullH
Beside the secret splendours they transmitY
The Heavenly things in earthly symbols writY
He knew the blood red sweetness of the vineW
Yet did not therefore at the revel sitY
But straining out the very wine of wineW
Lived calm and pure and glad in drunkenness divineW
Without an effort the imperial sunW
With ever ample life of light doth feedZ
The spheres revolving round it every oneW
So all his heart and soul and thought and deedZ
Flowed freely forth for every brother s needZ
He knew no difference between good and illH
But as the sun doth nourish flower and weedZ
With self same bounty he too ever stillH
Lived blessing all alike with equal loving willH
The all bestowing sun is clothed with splendourP
The all supporting sun doth reign supremeI
So must eternal justice ever renderP
Each unsought payment to its last extremeI
Thus he most rich in others joy did seemI
And reigned by servitude all effortlessS
For heaven and earth must vanish like a dreamI
Ere such a soul divine can know distressS
Whom all the laws of Life conspire to love and blessS

James Thomson


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