The Thousandth Man Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


One man in a thousand Solomon saysA
Will stick more close than a brotherB
And it's worth while seeking him half your daysC
If you find him before the otherB
Nine nundred and ninety nine dependD
On what the world sees in youE
But the Thousandth man will stand your friendD
With the whole round world agin youE
'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor showF
Will settle the finding for 'eeG
Nine hundred and ninety nine of 'em goF
By your looks or your acts or your gloryH
But if he finds you and you find himI
The rest of the world don't matterB
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swimI
With you in any waterB
You can use his purse with no more talkJ
Than he uses yours for his spendingsC
And laugh and meet in your daily walkJ
As though there had been no lendingsC
Nine hundred and ninety nine of 'em callK
For silver and gold in their dealingsC
But the Thousandth Man h's worth 'em allK
Because you can show him your feelingsC
His wrong's your wrong and his right's your rightL
In season or out of seasonM
Stand up and back it in all men's sightL
With that for your only reasonM
Nine hundred and ninety nine can't bideN
The shame or mocking or laughterB
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your sideN
To the gallows foot and afterB

Rudyard Kipling


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