A Light Woman Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BCBC A DEFE A GHGH I JKJK I LMLM I NONO I PLPL I IQIQ Q RSRS Q TUTU Q QQQQ Q QVQV Q WXWX I QYQY

IA
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So far as our story approaches the endB
Which do you pity the most of us threeC
My friend or the mistress of my friendB
With her wanton eyes or meC
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IIA
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My friend was already too good to loseD
And seemed in the way of improvement yetE
When she crossed his path with her hunting nooseF
And over him drew her netE
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IIIA
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When I saw him tangled in her toilsG
A shame said I if she adds just himH
To her nine and ninety other spoilsG
The hundredth for a whimH
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IVI
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And before my friend be wholly hersJ
How easy to prove to him I saidK
An eagle's the game her pride prefersJ
Though she snaps at a wren insteadK
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VI
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So I gave her eyes my own eyes to takeL
My hand sought hers as in earnest needM
And round she turned for my noble sakeL
And gave me herself indeedM
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VII
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The eagle am I with my fame in the worldN
The wren is he with his maiden faceO
You look away and your lip is curledN
Patience a moment's spaceO
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VIII
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For see my friend goes shaling and whiteP
He eyes me as the basiliskL
I have turned it appears his day to nightP
Eclipsing his sun's diskL
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VIIII
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And I did it he thinks as a very thiefI
Though I love her that he comprehendsQ
One should master one's passions love in chiefI
And be loyal to one's friendsQ
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IXQ
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And she she lies in my hand as tameR
As a pear late basking over a wallS
Just a touch to try and off it cameR
'Tis mine can I let it fallS
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XQ
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With no mind to eat it that's the worstT
Were it thrown in the road would the case assistU
'Twas quenching a dozen blue flies' thirstT
When I gave its stalk a twistU
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XIQ
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And I what I seem to my friend you seeQ
What I soon shall seem to his love you guessQ
What I seem to myself do you ask of meQ
No hero I confessQ
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XIIQ
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'Tis an awkward thing to play with soulsQ
And matter enough to save one's ownV
Yet think of my friend and the burning coalsQ
He played with for bits of stoneV
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XIIIQ
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One likes to show the truth for the truthW
That the woman was light is very trueX
But suppose she says Never mind that youthW
What wrong have I done to youX
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XIVI
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Well any how here the story staysQ
So far at least as I understandY
And Robert Browning you writer of playsQ
Here's a subject made to your handY

Robert Browning



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