Lethe Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AA BB CC DD EE FF GG HI JJ KK LL MM CC NN MM AA OO PP BB QQ RR SS TT AA PP UU VV WW XX RR PP GG YY ZZ A2A2 BB NN JJ KK LL B2B2 SS C2H D2D2 E2E2 CC F2F2 G2G2 H2H2 VV I2I2 YY XX E2E2 QQ MM J2J2 K2K2

Through the noiseless doors of DeathA
Three passed out as with one breathA
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Two had faces stern as FateB
Stamped with unrelenting hateB
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One upon her lips of guileC
Wore a cold mysterious smileC
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Each of each unseen the paleD
Shades went down the hollow valeD
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Till they came unto the deepE
River of Eternal SleepE
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Breath of wind or wing of birdF
Never that dark stream hath stirredF
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Still it seems as is the shoreG
But it flows for evermoreG
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Softly through the meadows wanH
To the Sea OblivionI
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In the dusk like drops of bloodJ
Poppies hang above the floodJ
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On its surface lies a thinK
Ghostly web of mist whereinK
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All things vague and changing seemL
As the faces in a dreamL
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Two knelt down upon the bankM
And of that dark water drankM
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But the Third stood by the whileC
Smiling her mysterious smileC
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Rising up those shades of menN
Gazed upon each other thenN
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Side by side upon the bankM
In a bed of poppies sankM
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What one to the other saithA
Sent thee through the doors of deathA
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While life throbbed in every veinO
For a woman I was slainO
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Love is but a fleeting spellP
Hate alone remembers wellP
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For my slayer I shall waitB
And though he at Heaven s gateB
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Stand and wear an angel s crownQ
I shall seize and drag him downQ
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So the stern shade made replyR
Then the first that spake said IR
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For a woman s sake alsoS
Slew myself and slew my foeS
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Slew myself that in no shapeT
He my vengeance should escapeT
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Till Oblivion swallow bothA
And I swore a solemn oathA
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I would hate remembers wellP
Hunt his spotted soul to hellP
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But I left ere leave takingU
Round her throat a dark red ringU
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I shall know her you shall noteV
By that red ring round her throatV
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Well I loved my fair false wifeW
And perchance in this new lifeW
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She may love me we shall seeX
She shall choose twixt him and meX
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Softly did the other sighR
My love s love will never dieR
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Love is not a fleeting spellP
Love like hate remembers wellP
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Soon mayhap on this dim shoreG
We shall meet to part no moreG
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Then the first Shade spoke and saidY
In this Kingdom of the DeadY
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Let us who so strangely meetZ
Pledge each other in this sweetZ
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Water our revenge to wreakA2
Side by side and so to seekA2
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Side by side whate er our fateB
Those we love and those we hateB
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Kneeling on the dim shore thenN
Side by side they drank againN
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And they saw like drops of bloodJ
Poppies nodding o er the floodJ
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And they gazed upon the thinK
Ghostly web of mist whereinK
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All things vague and changing seemL
As the faces in a dreamL
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And by some enchantment weirdB2
As they gazed thereon appearedB2
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Unto each down bending lowS
Form and features of his foeS
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For a moment then were goneC2
And upon the meadows wanH
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Half in Death and half a swoonD2
Shone a pale and spectral moonD2
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Then these twain rose drowsy eyedE2
And departed side by sideE2
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But the Woman Shade the whileC
Smiled her cold mysterious smileC
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And her beauty made a lightF2
In that realm of pallid nightF2
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Beauty laughs at worm and graveG2
Like the moon beneath the waveG2
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Back she flung her hair of goldH2
Glowing gleaming fold on foldH2
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Showing all but these might noteV
The red ring around her throatV
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But they passed with cold surpriseI2
And unrecognising eyesI2
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Lightly laughed she then and saidY
In this Kingdom of the DeadY
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Strange the sights that one may seeX
There go twain who died for meX
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Seeking through Creation wideE2
For each other side by sideE2
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Then she wove a poppy crownQ
Placed it on her head and downQ
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On the river s margin sankM
Midst the poppies of its bankM
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Saying In the world aboveJ2
Long he tarries my true loveJ2
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Here beside this river s rimK2
I will sleep and wait for himK2

Victor James Daley



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