The rules: Use any or all end rhymes from the poem, as end or internal rhymes, once or multiple times. Do not bring in rhymes from somewhere else.
Due on Tuesday, July 1st 2014. This should be fun! (Next time, I’m considering doing a meter challenge, in which we copy a famous poet’s meter.)
Enjoy the poem:
Ah! why, because the dazzling sunRestored my earth to joyHave you departed, every one,And left a desert sky?All through the night, your glorious eyesWere gazing down in mine,And with a full heart’s thankful sighsI blessed that watch divine!I was at peace, and drank your beamsAs they were life to meAnd revelled in my changeful dreamsLike petrel on the sea.Thought followed thought—star followed starThrough boundless regions on,While one sweet influence, near and far,Thrilled through and proved us one.Why did the morning rise to breakSo great, so pure a spell,And scorch with fire the tranquil cheekWhere your cool radiance fell?Blood-red he rose, and arrow-straight,His fierce beams struck my brow;The soul of Nature sprang elate,But mine sank sad and low!My lids closed down—yet through their veilI saw him blazing still;And bathe in gold the misty dale,And flash upon the hill.I turned me to the pillow thenTo call back Night, and seeYour worlds of solemn light, againThrob with my heart and me!It would not do—the pillow glowedAnd glowed both roof and floor,And birds sang loudly in the wood,And fresh winds shook the door.The curtains waved, the wakened fliesWere murmuring round my room,Imprisoned there, till I should riseAnd give them leave to roam.O Stars and Dreams and Gentle Night;O Night and Stars return!And hide me from the hostile lightThat does not warm, but burn—That drains the blood of suffering men;Drinks tears, instead of dew:Let me sleep through his blinding reign,And only wake with you!