Her Dilemma

Thomas Hardy 1840 (Stinsford) – 1928 (Dorchester, Dorset)

THE two were silent in a sunless church,
  Whose mildewed walls, uneven paving-stones,
  And wasted carvings passed antique research;
  And nothing broke the clock's dull monotones.

  Leaning against a wormy poppy-head,
  So wan and worn that he could scarcely stand,
  --For he was soon to die,--he softly said,
  "Tell me you love me!"--holding hard her hand.

  She would have given a world to breathe "yes" truly,
  So much his life seemed hanging on her mind,
  And hence she lied, her heart persuaded throughly,
  'Twas worth her soul to be a moment kind.

  But the sad need thereof, his nearing death,
  So mocked humanity that she shamed to prize
  A world conditioned thus, or care for breath
  Where Nature such dilemmas could devise.

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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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