The Last Ride Together Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


I said Then dearest since 'tis soA
Since now at length my fate I knowA
Since nothing all my love availsA
Since all my life seem'd meant for failsA
Since this was written and needs must beB
My whole heart rises up to blessA
Your name in pride and thankfulnessA
Take back the hope you gave I claimC
Only a memory of the sameC
And this beside if you will not blameC
Your leave for one more last ride with meB
My mistress bent that brow of hersA
Those deep dark eyes where pride demursA
When pity would be softening throughD
Fix'd me a breathing while or twoD
With life or death in the balance rightE
The blood replenish'd me againF
My last thought was at least not vainG
I and my mistress side by sideH
Shall be together breathe and rideH
So one day more am I deifiedH
Who knows but the world may end to nightE
Hush if you saw some western cloudI
All billowy bosom'd over bow'dI
By many benedictions sun'sA
And moon's and evening star's at onceA
And so you looking and loving bestJ
Conscious grew your passion drewD
Cloud sunset moonrise star shine tooD
Down on you near and yet more nearK
Till flesh must fade for heaven was hereL
Thus leant she and linger'd joy and fearK
Thus lay she a moment on my breastJ
Then we began to ride My soulM
Smooth'd itself out a long cramp'd scrollM
Freshening and fluttering in the windN
Past hopes already lay behindN
What need to strive with a life awryO
Had I said that had I done thisA
So might I gain so might I missA
Might she have loved me just as wellP
She might have hated who can tellP
Where had I been now if the worst befellP
And here we are riding she and IO
Fail I alone in words and deedsA
Why all men strive and who succeedsA
We rode it seem'd my spirit flewD
Saw other regions cities newD
As the world rush'd by on either sideH
I thought All labour yet no lessA
Bear up beneath their unsuccessA
Look at the end of work contrastQ
The petty done the undone vastQ
This present of theirs with the hopeful pastQ
I hoped she would love me here we rideH
What hand and brain went ever pair'dR
What heart alike conceived and daredR
What act proved all its thought had beenS
What will but felt the fleshly screenT
We ride and I see her bosom heaveU
There 's many a crown for who can reachV
Ten lines a statesman's life in eachV
The flag stuck on a heap of bonesA
A soldier's doing what atonesA
They scratch his name on the Abbey stonesA
My riding is better by their leaveU
What does it all mean poet WellP
Your brains beat into rhythm you tellP
What we felt only you express'dJ
You hold things beautiful the bestJ
And pace them in rhyme so side by sideH
'Tis something nay 'tis much but thenF
Have you yourself what 's best for menF
Are you poor sick old ere your timeW
Nearer one whit your own sublimeW
Than we who never have turn'd a rhymeW
Sing riding 's a joy For me I rideH
And you great sculptor so you gaveX
A score of years to Art her slaveX
And that 's your Venus whence we turnY
To yonder girl that fords the burnY
You acquiesce and shall I repineY
What man of music you grown grayZ
With notes and nothing else to sayZ
Is this your sole praise from a friendA2
'Greatly his opera's strains intendA2
But in music we know how fashions end '-
I gave my youth but we ride in fineY
Who knows what 's fit for us Had fateB2
Proposed bliss here should sublimateB2
My being had I sign'd the bondB2
Still one must lead some life beyondB2
Have a bliss to die with dim descriedB2
This foot once planted on the goalM
This glory garland round my soulM
Could I descry such Try and testB2
I sink back shuddering from the questB2
Earth being so good would heaven seem bestB2
Now heaven and she are beyond this rideB2
And yet she has not spoke so longC2
What if heaven be that fair and strongC2
At life's best with our eyes upturn'dB2
Whither life's flower is first discern'dB2
We fix'd so ever should so abideB2
What if we still ride on we twoD
With life for ever old yet newD
Changed not in kind but in degreeB
The instant made eternityB
And heaven just prove that I and sheB
Ride ride together for ever rideB2

Robert Browning


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