The Good Conceit



Out of the cloud that covers me
And blots the stars and seldom lifts,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my indubitable gifts.
  
Under the whip, upon the setts,
Men drive me many a galling mile;
My stock of editors' regrets
Would fill a barrow, but -- I smile.
  
Fast by this trade of wind and wit
I mean to hold till life be done,
And every year I stay in it
Finds, and shall find me, tugging on.
  
It matters not how stiff and sheer
The climb -- how difficult the sum,
I am the man they've got to hear!
I am the man that's bound to come!
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Scheme ABAB BCXC DXDX XEXE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 525
Words 113
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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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