Her Late Husband (King's-Hintock, 182-.)

"No--not where I shall make my own;
  But dig his grave just by
The woman's with the initialed stone -
  As near as he can lie -
After whose death he seemed to ail,
  Though none considered why.

"And when I also claim a nook,
  And your feet tread me in,
Bestow me, under my old name,
  Among my kith and kin,
That strangers gazing may not dream
  I did a husband win."

"Widow, your wish shall be obeyed;
  Though, thought I, certainly
You'd lay him where your folk are laid,
  And your grave, too, will be,
As custom hath it; you to right,
  And on the left hand he."

"Aye, sexton; such the Hintock rule,
  And none has said it nay;
But now it haps a native here
  Eschews that ancient way . . .
And it may be, some Christmas night,
  When angels walk, they'll say:

"'O strange interment! Civilized lands
  Afford few types thereof;
Here is a man who takes his rest
  Beside his very Love,
Beside the one who was his wife
  In our sight up above!'"

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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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