Sonnet - On An Old Book With Uncut Leaves Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABBAABBC DEDEFF

Emblem of blasted hope and lost desireA
No finger ever traced thy yellow pageB
Save Time's Thou hast not wrought to noble rageB
The hearts thou wouldst have stirred Not any fireA
Save sad flames set to light a funeral pyreA
Dost thou suggest Nay impotent in ageB
Unsought thou holdst a corner of the stageB
And ceasest even dumbly to aspireC
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How different was the thought of him that writD
What promised he to love of ease and wealthE
When men should read and kindle at his witD
But here decay eats up the book by stealthE
While it like some old maiden solemnlyF
Hugs its incongruous virginityF

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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