Captain Reece Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABB CCAA DDEB FFGG HHBB BBII BGAA CCBB CCAA FFJJ BBFF BBAA BBAA IIKK FFJJ JJJB AAJJ JJLL BBMM AAGG NNOO PPJJ BBQQ

Of all the ships upon the blueA
No ship contained a better crewA
Than that of worthy CAPTAIN REECEB
Commanding of THE MANTELPIECEB
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He was adored by all his menC
For worthy CAPTAIN REECE R NC
Did all that lay within him toA
Promote the comfort of his crewA
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If ever they were dull or sadD
Their captain danced to them like madD
Or told to make the time pass byE
Droll legends of his infancyB
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A feather bed had every manF
Warm slippers and hot water canF
Brown windsor from the captain's storeG
A valet too to every fourG
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Did they with thirst in summer burnH
Lo seltzogenes at every turnH
And on all very sultry daysB
Cream ices handed round on traysB
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Then currant wine and ginger popsB
Stood handily on all the topsB
And also with amusement rifeI
A Zoetrope or Wheel of LifeI
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New volumes came across the seaB
From MISTER MUDIE'S librareeG
THE TIMES and SATURDAY REVIEWA
Beguiled the leisure of the crewA
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Kind hearted CAPTAIN REECE R NC
Was quite devoted to his menC
In point of fact good CAPTAIN REECEB
Beatified THE MANTELPIECEB
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One summer eve at half past tenC
He said addressing all his menC
Come tell me please what I can doA
To please and gratify my crewA
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By any reasonable planF
I'll make you happy if I canF
My own convenience count as NILJ
It is my duty and I willJ
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Then up and answered WILLIAM LEEB
The kindly captain's coxswain heB
A nervous shy low spoken manF
He cleared his throat and thus beganF
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You have a daughter CAPTAIN REECEB
Ten female cousins and a nieceB
A Ma if what I'm told is trueA
Six sisters and an aunt or twoA
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Now somehow sir it seems to meB
More friendly like we all should beB
If you united of 'em toA
Unmarried members of the crewA
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If you'd ameliorate our lifeI
Let each select from them a wifeI
And as for nervous me old palK
Give me your own enchanting galK
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Good CAPTAIN REECE that worthy manF
Debated on his coxswain's planF
I quite agree he said O BILLJ
It is my duty and I willJ
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My daughter that enchanting gurlJ
Has just been promised to an EarlJ
And all my other famileeJ
To peers of various degreeB
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But what are dukes and viscounts toA
The happiness of all my crewA
The word I gave you I'll fulfilJ
It is my duty and I willJ
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As you desire it shall befallJ
I'll settle thousands on you allJ
And I shall be despite my hoardL
The only bachelor on boardL
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The boatswain of THE MANTELPIECEB
He blushed and spoke to CAPTAIN REECEB
I beg your honour's leave he saidM
If you would wish to go and wedM
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I have a widowed mother whoA
Would be the very thing for youA
She long has loved you from afarG
She washes for you CAPTAIN RG
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The Captain saw the dame that dayN
Addressed her in his playful wayN
And did it want a wedding ringO
It was a tempting ickle singO
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Well well the chaplain I will seekP
We'll all be married this day weekP
At yonder church upon the hillJ
It is my duty and I willJ
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The sisters cousins aunts and nieceB
And widowed Ma of CAPTAIN REECEB
Attended there as they were bidQ
It was their duty and they didQ

William Schwenck Gilbert



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