The Temporary The All

CHANGE and chancefulness in my flowering youthtime,
  Set me sun by sun near to one unchosen;
  Wrought us fellowly, and despite divergence,
  Friends interblent us.

  "Cherish him can I while the true one forthcome--
  Come the rich fulfiller of my prevision;
  Life is roomy yet, and the odds unbounded."
  So self-communed I.

  Thwart my wistful way did a damsel saunter,
  Fair not fairest, good not best of her feather;
  "Maiden meet," held I, "till arise my forefelt
  Wonder of women."

  Long a visioned hermitage deep desiring,
  Tenements uncouth I was fain to house in;
  "Let such lodging be for a breath-while," thought I,
  "Soon a more seemly.

  "Then, high handiwork will I make my life-deed,
  Truth and Light outshow; but the ripe time pending,
  Intermissive aim at the thing sufficeth."
  Thus I ... But lo, me!

  Mistress, friend, place, aims to be bettered straightway,
  Bettered not has Fate or my hand's achieving;
  Sole the showance those of my onward earth-track--
  Never transcended!

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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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