Thomas Hardy
At Day-Close In November by Thomas Hardy

At Day-Close In November by Thomas Hardy

The ten hours' light is abating, And a late bird flies across, Where the pines, like waltzers waiting, Give their black heads a toss. Beech leaves, that yellow the ...

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“Between Us Now” by Thomas Hardy

“Between Us Now” by Thomas Hardy

Between us now and here - Two thrown together Who are not wont to wear Life's flushest feather - Who see the scenes slide past, The daytimes dimming fast, Let there be truth ...

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I Need Not Go by Thomas Hardy

I Need Not Go by Thomas Hardy

I need not go Through sleet and snow To where I know She waits for me; She will wait me there Till I find it fair, And have time to spare From company. When I've overgot The world ...

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A Broken Appointment by Thomas Hardy

A Broken Appointment by Thomas Hardy

You did not come,And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.Yet less for loss of your dear presence thereThan that I thus found lacking in your makeThat high compassion which can ...

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The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate, When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter's dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken ...

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Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy

Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy

They throw in Drummer Hodge, to restUncoffined -- just as found:His landmark is a kopje-crestThat breaks the veldt around:And foreign constellations westEach night above his ...

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In Time Of ‘The Breaking Of Nations’ by Thomas Hardy

In Time Of ‘The Breaking Of Nations’ by Thomas Hardy

Only a man harrowing clods In a slow silent walk With an old horse that stumbles and nods Half asleep as they stalk. Only thin smoke without flame From the heaps of couch-grass; ...

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A Wife In London (December, 1899) by Thomas Hardy

A Wife In London (December, 1899) by Thomas Hardy

I--The Tragedy She sits in the tawny vapour That the City lanes have uprolled, Behind whose webby fold on fold Like a waning taper The street-lamp glimmers cold. A ...

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Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

WE stood by a pond that winter day, And the sun was white, as though chidden of God, And a few leaves lay on the starving sod, --They had fallen from an ash, and ...

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A Wasted Illness by Thomas Hardy

A Wasted Illness by Thomas Hardy

Through vaults of pain, Enribbed and wrought with groins of ghastliness, I passed, and garish spectres moved my brain To dire distress. And hammerings, And quakes, and ...

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Afterwards by Thomas Hardy

Afterwards by Thomas Hardy

When the Present has latched its postern behind my tremulous stay,And the May month flaps its glad green leaves like wings,Delicate-filmed as new-spun silk, will the neighbours ...

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A Christmas Ghost Story. by Thomas Hardy

A Christmas Ghost Story. by Thomas Hardy

South of the Line, inland from far Durban,A mouldering soldier lies--your countryman.Awry and doubled up are his gray bones,And on the breeze his puzzled phantom moansNightly to ...

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The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock."Now they are all on their knees,"An elder said as we sat in a flockBy the embers in hearthside ease.We pictured the meek mild creatures ...

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A Sign-Seeker by Thomas Hardy

A Sign-Seeker by Thomas Hardy

I MARK the months in liveries dank and dry, The day-tides many-shaped and hued; I see the nightfall shades subtrude, And hear the monotonous hours clang ...

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The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy

The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy

Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn,We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face,I shot at him ...

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“I Have Lived With Shades” by Thomas Hardy

“I Have Lived With Shades” by Thomas Hardy

I I have lived with shades so long, And talked to them so oft, Since forth from cot and croft I went mankind among, That sometimes they In their dim style Will pause ...

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A Confession To A Friend In Trouble by Thomas Hardy

A Confession To A Friend In Trouble by Thomas Hardy

YOUR troubles shrink not, though I feel them less Here, far away, than when I tarried near; I even smile old smiles--with listlessness-- Yet smiles they are, not ...

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[greek Title] by Thomas Hardy

[greek Title] by Thomas Hardy

Long have I framed weak phantasies of Thee, O Willer masked and dumb! Who makest Life become, - As though by labouring all-unknowingly, Like one whom reveries numb. How ...

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“How Great My Grief” (Triolet) by Thomas Hardy

“How Great My Grief” (Triolet) by Thomas Hardy

How great my grief, my joys how few, Since first it was my fate to know thee! - Have the slow years not brought to view How great my grief, my joys how few, Nor memory shaped old ...

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Hap by Thomas Hardy

Hap by Thomas Hardy

IF but some vengeful god would call to me From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing, Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, That thy love's loss is my hate's ...

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A Meeting With Despair by Thomas Hardy

A Meeting With Despair by Thomas Hardy

AS evening shaped I found me on a moor Which sight could scarce sustain: The black lean land, of featureless contour, Was like a tract in pain. "This scene, ...

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A Commonplace Day by Thomas Hardy

A Commonplace Day by Thomas Hardy

The day is turning ghost, And scuttles from the kalendar in fits and furtively, To join the anonymous host Of those that throng oblivion; ceding his place, maybe, To one of ...

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A Thunderstorm In Town by Thomas Hardy

A Thunderstorm In Town by Thomas Hardy

She wore a 'terra-cotta' dress,And we stayed, because of the pelting storm,Within the hansom's dry recess,Though the horse had stopped; yea, motionlessWe sat on, snug and ...

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I Look Into My Glass by Thomas Hardy

I Look Into My Glass by Thomas Hardy

I LOOK into my glass, And view my wasting skin, And say, "Would God it came to pass My heart had shrunk as thin!" For then, I, undistrest By hearts grown ...

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Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? by Thomas Hardy

Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? by Thomas Hardy

"Ah, are you digging on my grave, My loved one? -- planting rue?"-- "No: yesterday he went to wedOne of the brightest wealth has bred.'It cannot hurt her now,' he said, ...

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The Going by Thomas Hardy

The Going by Thomas Hardy

Why did you give no hint that nightThat quickly after the morrow's dawn,And calmly, as if indifferent quite,You would close your term here, up and be goneWhere I could not ...

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An Autumn Rain-Scene by Thomas Hardy

An Autumn Rain-Scene by Thomas Hardy

There trudges one to a merry-making With sturdy swing, On whom the rain comes down.To fetch the saving medicament Is another bent, On whom the rain comes down.One slowly drives ...

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Shelley’s Skylark. by Thomas Hardy

Shelley’s Skylark. by Thomas Hardy

Somewhere afield here something lies In Earth's oblivious eyeless trust That moved a poet to prophecies - A pinch of unseen, unguarded dust The dust of the lark that Shelley ...

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During Wind And Rain by Thomas Hardy

During Wind And Rain by Thomas Hardy

THEY sing their dearest songs-- He, she, all of them--yea, Treble and tenor and bass. And one to play; With the candles mooning each face.... Ah, no; the years O! How ...

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A Man (In Memory Of H. Of M.) by Thomas Hardy

A Man (In Memory Of H. Of M.) by Thomas Hardy

I In Casterbridge there stood a noble pile, Wrought with pilaster, bay, and balustrade In tactful times when shrewd Eliza swayed. - On burgher, squire, and clown It smiled the ...

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Her Immortality by Thomas Hardy

Her Immortality by Thomas Hardy

UPON a noon I pilgrimed through A pasture, mile by mile, Unto the place where I last saw My dead Love's living smile. And sorrowing I lay me down Upon ...

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The Convergence Of The Twain by Thomas Hardy

The Convergence Of The Twain by Thomas Hardy

I In a solitude of the sea Deep from human vanity, And the Pride of Life that planned ...

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An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy

An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy

I A shaded lamp and a waving blind, And the beat of a clock from a distant floor: On this scene enter--winged, horned, and spined - A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore; While ...

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God’s Funeral by Thomas Hardy

God’s Funeral by Thomas Hardy

I I saw a slowly-stepping train --Lined on the brows, scoop-eyed and bent and hoar --Following in files across a twilit plainA strange and mystic form the foremost bore. ...

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Weathers by Thomas Hardy

Weathers by Thomas Hardy

This is the weather the cuckoo likes, And so do I; When showers betumble the chestnut spikes, And nestlings fly; And the little brown nightingale bills his best, And they sit ...

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Channel Firing by Thomas Hardy

Channel Firing by Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares, Shook all our coffins as we lay, And broke the chancel window-squares, We thought it was the judgement day And sat upright. While drearisome ...

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A Death-Day Recalled by Thomas Hardy

A Death-Day Recalled by Thomas Hardy

Beeny did not quiver,Juliot grew not gray,Thin Valency's riverHeld its wonted way.Bos seemed not to utterDimmest note of dirge,Targan mouth a mutterTo its creamy surge.Yet though ...

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A Spot by Thomas Hardy

A Spot by Thomas Hardy

In years defaced and lost, Two sat here, transport-tossed, Lit by a living love The wilted world knew nothing of: Scared momently By gaingivings, Then hoping things ...

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When I Set Out For Lyonnesse by Thomas Hardy

When I Set Out For Lyonnesse by Thomas Hardy

When I set out for Lyonnesse,A hundred miles away,The rime was on the spray,And starlight lit my lonesomenessWhen I set out for LyonnesseA hundred miles away.What would bechance ...

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A Poet by Thomas Hardy

A Poet by Thomas Hardy

Attentive eyes, fantastic heed,Assessing minds, he does not need,Nor urgent writs to sup or dine,Nor pledges in the roseate wine.For loud acclaim he does not careBy the august or ...

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The Impercipient by Thomas Hardy

The Impercipient by Thomas Hardy

(at a Cathedral Service) THAT from this bright believing band An outcast I should be, That faiths by which my comrades stand Seem fantasies to me, And ...

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Nature’s Questioning by Thomas Hardy

Nature’s Questioning by Thomas Hardy

WHEN I look forth at dawning, pool, Field, flock, and lonely tree, All seem to look at me Like chastened children sitting silent in a school; Their faces ...

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He Never Expected Much by Thomas Hardy

He Never Expected Much by Thomas Hardy

Well, World, you have kept faith with me, Kept faith with me; Upon the whole you have proved to be Much as you said you were. Since as a child I used to lie Upon the leaze and ...

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Song Of Hope by Thomas Hardy

Song Of Hope by Thomas Hardy

O sweet To-morrow! - After to-day There will away This sense of sorrow. Then let us borrow Hope, for a gleaming Soon will be streaming, Dimmed by no gray - No gray! ...

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Beeny Cliff by Thomas Hardy

Beeny Cliff by Thomas Hardy

IO the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea, And the woman riding high above with bright hair flapping free-The woman whom I loved so, and who loyally loved me.I ...

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The House Of Hospitalities by Thomas Hardy

The House Of Hospitalities by Thomas Hardy

Here we broached the Christmas barrel,Pushed up the charred log-ends;Here we sang the Christmas carol,And called in friends.Time has tired me since we met hereWhen the folk now ...

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At A Lunar Eclipse by Thomas Hardy

At A Lunar Eclipse by Thomas Hardy

Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea, Now steals along upon the Moon's meek shine In even monochrome and curving line Of imperturbable serenity. How shall I link such ...

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The Voice by Thomas Hardy

The Voice by Thomas Hardy

Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me, Saying that now you are not as you were When you had changed from the one who was all to me, But as at first, when our day was ...

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Convergence Of The Twain by Thomas Hardy

Convergence Of The Twain by Thomas Hardy

IIn a solitude of the seaDeep from human vanity,And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.IISteel chambers, late the pyresOf her salamandrine fires,Cold currents ...

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A Dream Or No by Thomas Hardy

A Dream Or No by Thomas Hardy

Why go to Saint-Juliot? What's Juliot to me?I've been but made fancyBy some necromancyThat much of my life claims the spot as its key.Yes. I have had dreams of that place in the ...

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