Charing Cross



At five o'clock they ring a tinkly bell;
The April dawn glimmers along the beds,
There is a lifting up of weary heads
From weary pillows. Our old citadel
Hath still held out, and while the miracle
Of morning is unbared again, and spreads
All the young East with greens and blues and reds
Each of us wakes to his particular hell.
  
But even on this bitter shore of Styx
Where Life to dogged Death puts the last schism,
We kindle for the ending of the dark:
The Asthma feebly jokes the Aneurism,
The little bandaged boy in Number Six
Sings "Ye shall die" with a voice like a lark.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBAXBBA CDEDCE
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 566
Words 111
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 6

Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

Thomas William Hodgson Crosland (21 July 1865 – 23 December 1924) was a British author, poet and journalist. more…

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