The Going Of The Battery Wives. (lament) Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BCDC A EFEF A FGEG B EHDH E IJDJ B FKLK B MENE

IA
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O it was sad enough weak enough mad enoughB
Light in their loving as soldiers can beC
First to risk choosing them leave alone losing themD
Now in far battle beyond the South SeaC
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IIA
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Rain came down drenchingly but we unblenchinglyE
Trudged on beside them through mirk and through mireF
They stepping steadily only too readilyE
Scarce as if stepping brought parting time nigherF
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IIIA
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Great guns were gleaming there living things seeming thereF
Cloaked in their tar cloths upmouthed to the nightG
Wheels wet and yellow from axle to felloeE
Throats blank of sound but prophetic to sightG
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IVB
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Gas glimmers drearily blearily eerilyE
Lit our pale faces outstretched for one kissH
While we stood prest to them with a last quest to themD
Not to court perils that honour could missH
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VE
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Sharp were those sighs of ours blinded these eyes of oursI
When at last moved away under the archJ
All we loved Aid for them each woman prayed for themD
Treading back slowly the track of their marchJ
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VIB
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Someone said Nevermore will they come evermoreF
Are they now lost to us O it was wrongK
Though may be hard their ways some Hand will guard their waysL
Bear them through safely in brief time or longK
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VIIB
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Yet voices haunting us daunting us taunting usM
Hint in the night time when life beats are lowE
Other and graver things Hold we to braver thingsN
Wait we in trust what Time's fulness shall showE

Thomas Hardy



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