To May Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


THOUGH many suns have risen and setA
Since thou blithe May wert bornB
And Bards who hailed thee may forgetA
Thy gift thy beauty scornB
There are who to a birthday strainC
Confine not harp and voiceD
But evermore throughout thy reignC
Are grateful and rejoiceD
Delicious odor music sweetE
Too sweet to pass awayF
Oh for a deathless song to meetE
The soul's desire a layF
That when a thousand year are toldG
Should praise thee genial PowerH
Through summer heat autumnal coldG
And winter's dreariest hourH
Earth sea thy presence feel nor lessI
If yon ethereal blueJ
With its soft smile the truth expressI
The heavens have felt it tooJ
The inmost heart of man if gladK
Partakes a livelier cheerL
And eye that cannot but be sadK
Let fall a brightened tearM
Since thy return through days and weeksN
Of hope that grew by stealthO
How many wan and faded cheeksN
Have kindled into healthO
The Old by thee revived have saidP
'Another year is ours '-
And wayworn Wanderers poorly fedP
Have smiled upon thy flowersQ
Who tripping lisps a merry songR
Amid his playful peersS
The tender Infant who was longR
A prisoner of fond fearsS
But now when every sharp edged blastT
Is quiet in its sheathU
His Mother leaves him free to tasteV
Earth's sweetness in thy breathW
Thy help is with the weed that creepsX
Along the humblest groundY
No cliff so bare but on its steepsX
Thy favors may be foundY
But most on some peculiar nookZ
That our own hands have drestY
Thou and thy train are proud to lookZ
And seem to love it bestY
And yet how pleased we wander forthA2
When May is whispering 'ComeB2
'Choose from the bowers of virgin earthC2
The happiest for your homeB2
Heaven s bounteous love through me is spreadY
From sunshine clouds winds wavesX
Drops on the mouldering turret's headY
And on your turf clad graves '-
Such greeting heard away with sighsX
For lilies that must fadeY
Or ' the rathe primrose as it diesX
Forsaken' in the shadeY
Vernal fruitions and desiresX
Are linked in endless chaseX
While as one kindly growth retiresX
Another takes its placeX
And what if thou sweet May hast knownD2
Mishap by worm and blightY
If expectations newly blownD2
Have perished in thy sightY
If loves and joys while up they sprungE2
Were caught as in a snareM
Such is the lot of all the youngE2
However bright and fairM
Lo Streams that April could not checkF2
Are patient of thy ruleG2
Gurgling in foamy water breakH2
Loitering in glassy poolG2
By thee thee only could be sentY
Such gentle mists as glideY
Curling with unconfirmed intentY
On that green mountain's sideY
How delicate the leafy veilI2
Through which yon house of GodY
Gleams 'mid the peace of this deep daleI2
By few but shepherds trodY
And lowly huts near beaten waysX
No sooner stand attiredY
In thy fresh wreaths than they for praiseX
Peep forth and are admiredY
Season of fancy and of hopeJ2
Permit not for one hourH
A blossom from thy crown to dropK2
Nor add to it a flowerH
Keep lovely May as if by touchL2
Of self restraining artY
This modest charm of not too muchL2
Part seen imagined partY

William Wordsworth


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