Mad Judy

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

When the hamlet hailed a birth
  Judy used to cry:
When she heard our christening mirth
  She would kneel and sigh.
She was crazed, we knew, and we
Humoured her infirmity.

When the daughters and the sons
  Gathered them to wed,
And we like-intending ones
  Danced till dawn was red,
She would rock and mutter, "More
Comers to this stony shore!"

When old Headsman Death laid hands
  On a babe or twain,
She would feast, and by her brands
  Sing her songs again.
What she liked we let her do,
Judy was insane, we knew.

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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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