In Hospital - I - Enter Patient Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


The morning mists still haunt the stony streetA
The northern summer air is shrill and coldB
And lo the Hospital grey quiet oldB
Where Life and Death like friendly chafferers meetA
Thro' the loud spaciousness and draughty gloomC
A small strange child so aged yet so youngD
Her little arm besplinted and beslungD
Precedes me gravely to the waiting roomC
I limp behind my confidence all goneE
The grey haired soldier porter waves me onF
And on I crawl and still my spirits failG
A tragic meanness seems so to environF
These corridors and stairs of stone and ironF
Cold naked clean half workhouse and half jailG

William Ernest Henley


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