Analysis of Hymn to Lauds Sunday
John Henry Newman 1801 (London) – 1890 (Edgbaston)
FRAMER of the earth and sky,
Ruler of the day and night,
With a glad variety,
Tempering all, and making light;
Gleams upon our dark path flinging,
Cutting short each night begun,
Hark! for chanticleer is singing,
Hark! he chides the lingering sun.
And the morning star replies,
And lets loose the imprison'd day;
And the godless bandit flies
From his haunt and from his prey.
Shrill it sounds, the storm relenting
Soothes the weary seaman's ears;
Once it wrought a great repenting,
In that flood of Peter's tears.
Rouse we; let the blithesome cry
Of that bird our hearts awaken;
Chide the slumberers as they lie,
And arrest the sin-o'ertaken.
Hope and health are in his strain,
To the fearful and the ailing;
Murder sheathes his blade profane,
Faith revives when faith was failing.
Jesu, Master! when we sin,
Turn on us Thy healing face;
It will melt the offence within
Into penitential grace:
Beam on our bewilder'd mind,
Till its dreamy shadows flee;
Stones cry out where Thou hast shined,
Jesu! musical with Thee.
To the Father and the Son,
And the Spirit, who in Heaven
Ever witness, Three and One,
Praise on Earth be ever given.
|Scheme||ABCB DEDE FGFG DXDX AEAE HDHD IJIJ KCKC EEEE|
|Poetic Form||Quatrain (89%)|
|Metre||1010101 1010101 1010100 10010101 101101110 1011101 111110 11101001 0010101 01100101 0010101 1110111 11101010 1010101 11101010 0111101 111011 111101010 101111 001011 1011011 10100010 1011101 10111110 110111 1111101 1110101 0111 11100101 111011 1111111 110011 1010001 00101010 1010101 11111010|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||25|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||99|
|Words per stanza (avg)||22|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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