The Ungentle Guest Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABAC DEFE GHGI JBJC KLML NONO PQRQ SMSM GTGT

One silent night of lateA
When every creature restedB
Came one unto my gateA
And knocking me molestedC
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Who's that said I beats thereD
And troubles thus the sleepyE
Cast off said he all fearF
And let not locks thus keep yeE
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For I a boy am whoG
By moonless nights have swervedH
And all with showers wet throughG
And e'en with cold half starvedI
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I pitiful aroseJ
And soon a taper lightedB
And did myself discloseJ
Unto the lad benightedC
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I saw he had a bowK
And wings too which did shiverL
And looking down belowM
I spied he had a quiverL
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I to my chimney's shineN
Brought him as Love professesO
And chafed his hands with mineN
And dried his dropping tressesO
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But when he felt him warm'dP
Let's try this bow of oursQ
And string if they be harm'dR
Said he with these late showersQ
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Forthwith his bow he bentS
And wedded string and arrowM
And struck me that it wentS
Quite through my heart and marrowM
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Then laughing loud he flewG
Away and thus said flyingT
Adieu mine host adieuG
I'll leave thy heart a dyingT

Robert Herrick



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