Analysis of I Abide and Abide and Better Abide
David McKee Wright 1869 – 1928
I abide and abide and better abide,
And after the old proverb, the happy day;
And ever my lady to me doth say,
'Let me alone and I will provide.'
I abide and abide and tarry the tide,
And with abiding speed well ye may.
Thus do I abide I wot alway,
Nother obtaining nor yet denied.
Ay me! this long abiding
Seemeth to me, as who sayeth,
A prolonging of a dying death,
Or a refusing of a desir'd thing.
Much were it better for to be plain
Than to say 'abide' and yet shall not obtain.
|Metre||10100101001 01001100101 0101101111 110101101 10100101001 010101111 11101111 100101101 1111010 111111 001010101 10010100101 101101111 11101011101|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Letters per line (avg)||26|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||366|
|Words per stanza (avg)||98|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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