Postponement

SNOW-BOUND in woodland, a mournful word,
  Dropt now and then from the bill of a bird,
  Reached me on wind-wafts; and thus I heard,
  Wearily waiting:--

  "I planned her a nest in a leafless tree,
  But the passers eyed and twitted me,
  And said: 'How reckless a bird is he,
  Cheerily mating!'

  "Fear-filled, I stayed me till summer-tide,
  In lewth of leaves to throne her bride;
  But alas! her love for me waned and died,
  Wearily waiting.

  "Ah, had I been like some I see,
  Born to an evergreen nesting-tree,
  None had eyed and twitted me,
  Cheerily mating!"

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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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