Thought Of Ph---a At News Of Her Death

NOT a line of her writing have I,
  Not a thread of her hair,
  No mark of her late time as dame in her dwelling, whereby
  I may picture her there;
  And in vain do I urge my unsight
  To conceive my lost prize
  At her close, whom I knew when her dreams were upbrimming with light,
  And with laughter her eyes.

  What scenes spread around her last days,
  Sad, shining, or dim?
  Did her gifts and compassions enray and enarch her sweet ways
  With an aureate nimb?
  Or did life-light decline from her years,
  And mischances control
  Her full day-star; unease, or regret, or forebodings, or fears
  Disennoble her soul?

  Thus I do but the phantom retain
  Of the maiden of yore
  As my relic; yet haply the best of her--fined in my brain
  It may be the more
  That no line of her writing have I,
  Nor a thread of her hair,
  No mark of her late time as dame in her dwelling, whereby
  I may picture her there.

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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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