Whence comes solace? Not from seeing, What is doing, suffering, being; Not from noting Life’s conditions, Not from heeding Time’s monitions; But in cleaving to the Dream And in gazing at the Gleam Whereby gray things golden seem.
On a Fine Morning (1899), lines 1-7, from Poems of the Past and Present (1901).
There was a natural instinct to abjure man as the blot on an otherwise kindly universe.Thomas Hardy
She whose youth had seemed to teach that happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.Thomas Hardy
'Justice'was done, and the President ofthe Immortals (in Aeschylean phrase) had ended his sport withTess.Thomas Hardy
They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest Uncoffined just as found: His landmark is a kopje-crest That breaks the veldt around; And foreign constellations west Each night above his mound. Young Hodge the Drummer never knew Fresh from his Wessex home The meaning of the broad Karoo, The Bush, the dusty loam, And why uprose to nightly view Strange stars amid the gloam. Yet portion of that unknown plain Will Hodge forever be; His homely Northern breast and brain Grow to some Southern tree, And strange-eyed constellations reign His stars eternally.Thomas Hardy
Here by the baring bough Raking up leaves, Often I ponder how Springtime deceives, I, an old woman now , Raking up leaves.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; Yet this will go onward the same Though Dynasties pass. Yonder a maid and her wight Come whispering by: War's annals will cloud into night Ere their story die.Thomas Hardy
The sovereign brilliancy of Sirius pierced the eye with a steely glitter, the star called Capella was yellow, Aldebaran and Betelgueux shone with a fiery red. To persons standing alone on a hill during a clear midnight such as this, the roll of the world eastward is almost a palpable movement.Thomas Hardy
It is hard for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.Thomas Hardy
Hisfacewearing thefixityof athoughtful child'swho has felt the pricks of life somewhat before his time.Thomas Hardy
War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.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 outside at 'TheTravellers' Rest', And maids come forth sprig-muslin drest, And citizens dream of the south and west, And so do I.Thomas Hardy
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.Thomas Hardy
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small, In blast-beruffled plume, Had chosen thus to fling his soul Upon the growing gloom. So little cause for carolings Of such ecstatic sound Was written on terrestrial things Afar or nigh around, That I could think there trembled through His happy good-night air Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew And I was unaware.Thomas Hardy
I am the family face; Flesh perishes, I live on, Projecting trait and trace Through time to times anon, And leaping from place to place Over oblivion.Thomas Hardy
To find themselves utterly alone at night where company is desirable and expected makes some people fearful; but a case more trying by far to the nerves is to discover some mysterious companionship when intuition, sensation, memory, analogy, testimony, probability, induction every kind of evidence in the logician 's list have united to persuade consciousness that it is quite in isolation.Thomas Hardy
A well proportioned mind is one which shows no particular bias; one of which we may safely say that it will never cause its owner to be confined as a madman, tortured as a heretic, or crucified as a blasphemer. Also, on the other hand, that it will never cause him to be applauded as a prophet, revered as a priest, or exalted as a king. Its usual blessings are happiness and mediocrity.Thomas Hardy
So the baby was carried in a small deal box, under an ancient woman's shawl, to the churchyard that night, and buried by lantern-light, at the cost of a shilling and a pint of beer to the sexton, in that shabby corner of God's allotment where He lets the nettles grow, and where all unbaptized infants, notorious drunkards, suicides, and others of the conjecturally damned are laid.Thomas Hardy
What of the Immanent Will and Its designs? It works unconsciously, as heretofore, Eternal artistries in Circumstance.Thomas Hardy
But a stirring thrills the air Like to sounds of joyance there, * That the ragesThomas Hardy
Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down You'd treat if met where any bar is, Or help to half-a-crown.Thomas Hardy
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