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Her Father Post by :Al_C. Category :Poems Author :Thomas Hardy Date :December 2010 Read :3277

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Her Father

I met her, as we had privily planned,
Where passing feet beat busily:
She whispered: "Father is at hand!
He wished to walk with me."

His presence as he joined us there
Banished our words of warmth away;
We felt, with cloudings of despair,
What Love must lose that day.

Her crimson lips remained unkissed,
Our fingers kept no tender hold,
His lack of feeling made the tryst
Embarrassed, stiff, and cold.

A cynic ghost then rose and said,
"But is his love for her so small
That, nigh to yours, it may be read
As of no worth at all?

"You love her for her pink and white;
But what when their fresh splendours close?
His love will last her in despite
Of Time, and wrack, and foes."


(The end)
Thomas Hardy's poem: Her Father

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At Waking At Waking

At Waking
When night was lifting,And dawn had crept under its shade, Amid cold clouds driftingDead-white as a corpse outlaid, With a sudden scare I seemed to behold My Love in bare Hard lines unfold. Yea, in a moment,An insight that would not die Killed her old endowmentOf charm that had capped all nigh, Which vanished to none Like the gilt of a cloud, And showed her but one Of the common crowd. She seemed but a sampleOf earth's poor average kind, Lit up by no ampleEnrichments of mien or mind. I covered my eyes As to cover the thought, And unrecognize What

'i Say I'll Seek Her' "i Say I'll Seek Her"

'i Say I'll Seek Her'
I say, "I'll seek her side Ere hindrance interposes;" But eve in midnight closes,And here I still abide.When darkness wears I see Her sad eyes in a vision; They ask, "What indecisionDetains you, Love, from me? -"The creaking hinge is oiled, I have unbarred the backway, But you tread not the trackway;And shall the thing be spoiled?"Far cockcrows echo shrill, The shadows are abating, And I am waiting, waiting;But O, you tarry still!"(The end)Thomas Hardy's poem: "I Say I'll Seek Her"