The Superseded

I

As newer comers crowd the fore,
  We drop behind.
- We who have laboured long and sore
  Times out of mind,
And keen are yet, must not regret
  To drop behind.

II

Yet there are of us some who grieve
  To go behind;
Staunch, strenuous souls who scarce believe
  Their fires declined,
And know none cares, remembers, spares
  Who go behind.

III

'Tis not that we have unforetold
  The drop behind;
We feel the new must oust the old
  In every kind;
But yet we think, must we, must WE,
  Too, drop behind?

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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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