They Would Not Come Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


I travelled to where in her lifetimeA
She'd knelt at morning prayerB
To call her up as if thereB
But she paid no heed to my suingC
As though her old haunt could win notD
A thought from her spirit or careB
I went where my friend had lectionedD
The prophets in high declaimE
That my soul's ear the sameE
Full tones should catch as aforetimeE
But silenced by gear of the PresentD
Was the voice that once there cameE
Where the ocean had sprayed our banquetD
I stood to recall it as thenF
The same eluding againF
No vision Shows contingentD
Affrighted it further from meE
Even than from my home denF
When I found them no respondersG
But fugitives prone to fleeE
From where they had used to beE
It vouched I had been led hitherH
As by night wisps in boglandD
And bruised the heart of meE

Thomas Hardy


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