The Night-scene : A Dramatic Fragment. Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Sandoval You loved the daughter of Don ManriqueA
Earl Henry LovedB
Sandoval Did you not say you wooed herC
Earl Henry Once I lovedB
Her whom I dared not wooD
Sandoval And wooed perchanceE
One whom you loved notF
Earl Henry Oh I were most baseG
Not loving Oropeza True I wooed herC
Hoping to heal a deeper wound but sheH
Met my advances with impassioned prideI
That kindled love with love And when her sireC
Who in his dream of hope already graspedJ
The golden circlet in his hand rejectedK
My suit with insult and in memoryH
Of ancient feuds poured curses on my headL
Her blessings overtook and baffled themM
But thou art stern and with unkindly countenanceN
Art inly reasoning whilst thou listenest to meH
Sandoval Anxiously Henry reasoning anxiouslyH
But OropezaO
Earl HenryH
Blessings gather round herC
Within this wood there winds a secret passageP
Beneath the walls which opens out at lengthQ
Into the gloomiest covert of the gardenR
The night ere my departure to the armyH
She nothing trembling led me through that gloomS
And to that covert by a silent streamT
Which with one star reflected near its margeU
Was the sole object visible around meH
No leaflet stirred the air was almost sultryH
So deep so dark so close the umbrage o'er usV
No leaflet stirred yet pleasure hung uponW
The gloom and stillness of the balmy night airX
A little further on an arbour stoodY
Fragrant with flowering trees I well rememberC
What an uncertain glimmer in the darknessV
Their snow white blossoms made thither she led meH
To that sweet bower Then Oropeza trembledZ
I heard her heart beat if 'twere not my ownA2
Sandoval A rude and scaring note my friendB2
Earl Henry Oh noC2
I have small memory of aught but pleasureC
The inquietudes of fear like lesser streamsD2
Still flowing still were lost in those of loveE2
So love grew mightier from the fear and NatureC
Fleeing from pain sheltered herself in joyF2
The stars above our heads were dim and steadyH
Like eyes suffused with rapture Life was in usV
We were all life each atom of our framesG2
A living soul I vowed to die for herC
With the faint voice of one who having spokenR
Relapses into blessedness I vowed itH2
That solemn vow a whisper scarcely heardI2
A murmur breathed against a lady's earJ2
Oh there is joy above the name of pleasureC
Deep self possession an intense reposeK2
Sandoval with a sarcastic smile No other than as eastern sages paintL2
The God who floats upon a lotos leafM2
Dreams for a thousand ages then awakingA
Creates a world and smiling at the bubbleN2
Relapses into blissO2
Earl Henry Ah was that blissO2
Feared as an alien and too vast for manP2
For suddenly impatient of its silenceN
Did Oropeza starting grasp my foreheadL
I caught her arms the veins were swelling on themM
Through the dark bower she sent a hollow voiceQ2
Oh what if all betray me what if thou 'R2
I swore and with an inward thought that seemedS2
The purpose and the substance of my beingA
I swore to her that were she red with guiltT2
I would exchange my unblenched state with hersU2
Friend by that winding passage to that bowerC
I now will go all objects there will teach meH
Unwavering love and singleness of heartV2
Go Sandoval I am prepared to meet herC
Say nothing of me I myself will seek herC
Nay leave me friend I cannot bear the tormentW2
And keen inquiry of that scanning eyeX2
Earl Henry retires into the woodY
Sandoval alone O Henry always striv'st thou to be greatY2
By thine own act yet art thou never greatY2
But by the inspiration of great passionR
The whirl blast comes the desert sands rise upZ2
And shape themselves from earth to heaven they standA3
As though they were the pillars of a templeN2
Built by Omnipotence in its own honourC
But the blast pauses and their shaping spiritB3
Is fled the mighty columns were but sandA3
And lazy snakes trail o'er the level ruinsC3

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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