The Better Part Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCADBBDEFGEFD

Long fed on boundless hopes O race of manA
How angrily thou spurn'st all simpler fareB
'Christ ' some one says 'was human as we areC
No judge eyes us from Heaven our sin to scanA
We live no more when we have done our span 'D
'Well then for Christ ' thou answerest 'who can careB
From sin which Heaven records not why forbearB
Live we like brutes our life without a plan 'D
So answerest thou but why not rather sayE
'Hath man no second life Pitch this one highF
Sits there no judge in Heaven our sin to seeG
More strictly then the inward judge obeyE
Was Christ a man like us Ah let us tryF
If we then too can be such men as he 'D

Matthew Arnold



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