At A Bridal

WHEN you paced forth, to wait maternity,
  A dream of other offspring held my mind,
  Compounded of us twain as Love designed;
  Rare forms, that corporate now will never be!

  Should I, too, wed as slave to Mode's decree,
  And each thus found apart, of false desire,
  A stolid line, whom no high aims will fire
  As had fired ours could ever have mingled we;

  And, grieved that lives so matched should miscompose,
  Each mourn the double waste; and question dare
  To the Great Dame whence incarnation flows,
  Why those high-purposed children never were:
  What will she answer? That she does not care
  If the race all such sovereign types unknows.

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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Eccesiastical History at Edinburgh University. more…

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