The Tay Bridge Disaster Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AAABC DDEEAA FFGGAA AAABC DDDHHH AAAAAABC IIEEFFGGBC DDAAAAAAAJKLL

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry TayA
Alas I am very sorry to sayA
That ninety lives have been taken awayA
On the last Sabbath day ofB
Which will be remember'd for a very long timeC
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'Twas about seven o'clock at nightD
And the wind it blew with all its mightD
And the rain came pouring downE
And the dark clouds seemed to frownE
And the Demon of the air seem'd to sayA
I'll blow down the Bridge of TayA
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When the train left EdinburghF
The passengers' hearts were light and felt no sorrowF
But Boreas blew a terrific galeG
Which made their hearts for to quailG
And many of the passengers with fear did sayA
I hope God will send us safe across the Bridge of TayA
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But when the train came near to Wormit BayA
Boreas he did loud and angry brayA
And shook the central girders of the Bridge of TayA
On the last Sabbath day ofB
Which will be remember'd for a very long timeC
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So the train sped on with all its mightD
And Bonnie Dundee soon hove in sightD
And the passengers' hearts felt lightD
Thinking they would enjoy themselves on the New YearH
With their friends at home they lov'd most dearH
And wish them all a happy New YearH
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So the train mov'd slowly along the Bridge of TayA
Until it was about midwayA
Then the central girders with a crash gave wayA
And down went the train and passengers into the TayA
The Storm Fiend did loudly brayA
Because ninety lives had been taken awayA
On the last Sabbath day ofB
Which will be remember'd for a very long timeC
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As soon as the catastrophe came to be knownI
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blownI
And the cry rang out all o'er the townE
Good heavens the Tay Bridge is blown downE
And a passenger train from EdinburghF
Which fill'd all the people's hearts with sorrowF
And made them all for to turn paleG
Because none of the passengers were sav'd to tell the taleG
How the disaster happen'd on the last Sabbath day ofB
Which will be remember'd for a very long timeC
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It must have been an awful sightD
To witness in the dusky moonlightD
While the Storm Fiend did laugh and angry did brayA
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry TayA
Oh ill fated Bridge of the Silv'ry TayA
I must now conclude my layA
By telling the world fearlessly without least dismayA
That your central girders would not have given wayA
At least many sensible men do sayA
Had they been supported on each side with buttressesJ
At least many sensible men confessesK
For the stronger we our houses do buildL
The less chance we have of being killedL

William Topaz Mcgonagall



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