Song Of The Old Guard Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


'And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold of beaten work shall the candlestick be made his shaft and his branches his bowls his knops and his flowers shall be of the sameA
'And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same and a knop under two branches of the same and a knop under two branches of the same according to the six ranches that proceed out of the candlestick Their knops and their branches shall be of the same ' ExodusB
'Know this my brethren Heaven clearC
And all the clouds are goneD
The Proper Sort shall flourish nowE
Good times are coming on'E
The evil that was threatened lateF
To all of our degreeG
Hath passed in discord and debateF
And Hey then up go weG
A common people strove in vainE
To shame us unto toilH
But they are spent and we remainE
And we shall share the spoilH
According to our several needsI
As Beauty shall decreeG
As Age ordains or Birth concedesI
And Hey then up go weG
And they that with accurs d zealJ
Our Service would amendK
Shall own the odds and come to heelJ
Ere worse befall their endK
For though no naked word be wroteL
Yet plainly shall they seeG
What pinneth Orders to their coatL
And Hey then up go weG
Our doorways that in time of fearC
We opened overwideL
Shall softly close from year to yearC
Till all be purifiedL
For though no fluttering fan be heardL
Nor chaff be seen to fleeG
The Lord shall winnow the Lord's PreferredL
And Hey then up go weG
Our altars which the heathen brakeM
Shall rankly smoke anewE
And anise mint and cummin takeM
Their dread and sovereign dueE
Whereby the buttons of our tradeL
Shall all restor d beG
With curious work in gilt and braidL
And Hey then up go weG
Then come my brethren and prepareN
The candlesticks and bellsO
The scarlet brass and badger's hairN
Wherein our Honour dwellsO
And straitly fence and strictly keepP
The Ark's integrityG
Till Armageddon break our sleepP
And Hey then up go weG

Rudyard Kipling


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