The Friend Who Just Stands Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABBCCDDEEFFBBAA

When trouble comes your soul to tryA
You love the friend who just stands byA
Perhaps there's nothing he can doB
The thing is strictly up to youB
For there are troubles all your ownC
And paths the soul must tread aloneC
Times when love cannot smooth the roadD
Nor friendship lift the heavy loadD
But just to know you have a friendE
Who will stand by until the endE
Whose sympathy through all enduresF
Whose warm handclasp is always yoursF
It helps someway to pull you throughB
Although there's nothing he can doB
And so with fervent heart you cryA
God bless the friend who just 'stands by'A

William Carlos Williams



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