Any Wife To Any Husband Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BBCDDC A EEFGHF A IIJKKJ I LLMNNM I OOAPPA A QQRCCR A SSTOOT A AAUVVU P WWXYYX P ZZA2OOA2 P B2B2C2D2D2C2 P JJE2PPE2 P F2F2YTTY A G2H2PI2I2P A I2I2J2I2I2J2 A I2I2PK2K2P A VVBL2L2B A I2I2M2I2I2M2 P F2J2I2PPI2 P JJI2N2N2I2 P I2I2PI2I2P

IA
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My love this is the bitterest that thouB
Who art all truth and who dost love me nowB
As thine eyes say as thy voice breaks to sayC
Shouldst love so truly and couldst love me stillD
A whole long life through had but love its willD
Would death that leads me from thee brook delayC
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IIA
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I have but to be by thee and thy handE
Would never let mine go thy heart withstandE
The beating of my heart to reach its placeF
When should I look for thee and feel thee goneG
When cry for the old comfort and find noneH
Never I know Thy soul is in thy faceF
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IIIA
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Oh I should fade 'tis willed so might I saveI
Galdly I would whatever beauty gaveI
Joy to thy sense for that was precious tooJ
It is not to be granted But the soulK
Whence the love comes all ravage leaves that wholeK
Vainly the flesh fades soul makes all things newJ
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IVI
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And 'twould not be because my eye grew dimL
Thou couldst not find the love there thanks to HimL
Who never is dishonoured in the sparkM
He gave us from his fire of fires and badeN
Remember whence it sprang nor be afraidN
While that burns on though all the rest grow darkM
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VI
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So how thou wouldst be perfect white and cleanO
Outside as inside soul and soul's demesneO
Alike this body given to show it byA
Oh three parts through the worst of life's abyssP
What plaudits from the next world after thisP
Couldst thou repeat a stroke and gain the skyA
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VIA
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And is it not the bitterer to thinkQ
That disengage our hands and thou wilt sinkQ
Although thy love was love in very deedR
I know that nature Pass a festive dayC
Thou dost not throw its relic flower awayC
Nor bid its music's loitering echo speedR
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VIIA
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Thou let'st the stranger's glove lie where it fellS
If old things remain old things all is wellS
For thou art grateful as becomes man bestT
And hadst thou only heard me play one tuneO
Or viewed me from a window not so soonO
With thee would such things fade as with the restT
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VIIIA
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I seem to see we meet and part 'tis briefA
The book I opened keeps a folded leafA
The very chair I sat on breaks the rankU
That is a portrait of me on the wallV
Three lines my face comes at so slight a callV
And for all this one little hour's to thankU
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IXP
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But now because the hour through years was fixedW
Because our inmost beings met amd mixedW
Because thou once hast loved me wilt thou dareX
Say to thy soul and Who may list besideY
Therefore she is immortally my brideY
Chance cannot change that love nor time impairX
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XP
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So what if in the dusk of life that's leftZ
I a tired traveller of my sun bereftZ
Look from my path when mimicking the sameA2
The fire fly glimpses past me come and goneO
Where was it till the sunset where anonO
It will be at the sunrise what's to blameA2
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XIP
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Is it so helpful to thee canst thou takeB2
The mimic up nor for the true thing's sakeB2
Put gently by such efforts at at beamC2
Is the remainder of the way so longD2
Thou need'st the little solace thou the strongD2
Watch out thy watch let weak ones doze and dreamC2
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XIIP
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Ah but the fresher faces Is it trueJ
Thou'lt ask some eyes are beautiful and newJ
Some hair how can one choose but grasp such wealthE2
And if a man would press his lips to lipsP
Fresh as the wilding hedge rose cup there slipsP
The dew drop out of must it be by stealthE2
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XIIIP
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It cannot change the love kept still for HerF2
Much more than such a picture to preferF2
Passing a day with to a room's bare sideY
The painted form takes nothing she possessedT
Yet while the Titian's Venus lies at restT
A man looks Once more what is there to chideY
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XIVA
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So must I see from where I sit and watchG2
My own self sell myself my hand attachH2
Its warrant to the very thefts from meP
Thy singleness of soul that made me proudI2
Thy purity of heart I loved aloudI2
Thy man's truth I was bold to bid God seeP
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XVA
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Love so then if thou wilt Give all thou canstI2
Away to the new faces disentrancedI2
Say it and think it obdurate no moreJ2
Re issue looks and words from the old mintI2
Pass them afresh no matter whose the printI2
Image and superscription once they boreJ2
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XVIA
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Re coin thyself and give it them to spendI2
It all comes to the same thing at the endI2
Since mine thou wast mine art and mine shalt beP
Faithful or faithless sealing up the sumK2
Or lavish of my treasure thou must comeK2
Back to the heart's place here I keep for theeP
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XVIIA
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Only why should it be with stain at allV
Why must I 'twixt the leaves of coronalV
Put any kiss of pardon on thy browB
Why need the other women know so muchL2
And talk together Such the look and suchL2
The smile he used to love with then as nowB
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XVIIIA
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Might I die last and shew thee Should I findI2
Such hardship in the few years left behindI2
If free to take and light my lamp and goM2
Into thy tomb and shut the door and sitI2
Seeing thy face on those four sides of itI2
The better that they are so blank I knowM2
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XIXP
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Why time was what I wanted to turn o'erF2
Within my mind each look get more and moreJ2
By heart each word too much to learn at firstI2
And join thee all the fitter for the pauseP
'Neath the low door way's lintel That were causeP
For lingering though thou called'st If I durstI2
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XXP
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And yet thou art the nobler of us twoJ
What dare I dream of that thou canst not doJ
Outstripping my ten small steps with one strideI2
I'll say then here's a trial and a taskN2
Is it to bear if easy I'll not askN2
Though love fail I can trust on in thy prideI2
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XXIP
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Pride when those eyes forestall the life behindI2
The death I have to go through when I findI2
Now that I want thy help most all of theeP
What did I fear Thy love shall hold me fastI2
Until the little minute's sleep is pastI2
And I wake saved And yet it will not beP

Robert Browning



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