What Man May Learn, What Man May Do Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


WHAT man may learn what man may doB
Of right or wrong of false or trueB
While skipper like his course he steersC
Through nine and twenty mingled yearsC
Half misconceived and half forgotD
So much I know and practise notD
Old are the words of wisdom oldE
The counsels of the wise and boldE
To close the ears to check the tongueF
To keep the pining spirit youngF
To act the right to say the trueB
And to be kind whate'er you doB
Thus we across the modern stageG
Follow the wise of every ageG
And as oaks grow and rivers runH
Unchanged in the unchanging sunH
So the eternal march of manI
Goes forth on an eternal planI

Robert Louis Stevenson


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