To A Lady

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

Offended by a Book of the Writer's

  NOW that my page upcloses, doomed, maybe,
  Never to press thy cosy cushions more,
  Or wake thy ready Yeas as heretofore,
  Or stir thy gentle vows of faith in me:

  Knowing thy natural receptivity,
  I figure that, as flambeaux banish eve,
  My sombre image, warped by insidious heave
  Of those less forthright, must lose place in thee.

  So be it. I have borne such. Let thy dreams
  Of me and mine diminish day by day,
  And yield their space to shine of smugger things;
  Till I shape to thee but in fitful gleams,
  And then in far and feeble visitings,
  And then surcease. Truth will be truth alway.

Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)
 

Submitted on May 13, 2011

118 Views

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…

All Thomas Hardy poems | Thomas Hardy Books

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Translation

Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss this Thomas Hardy poem with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"To A Lady" Poetry.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 12 Aug. 2020. <https://www.poetry.net/poem/36595/to-a-lady>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest poetry community and poems collection on the web!

Our awesome collection of

Promoted Poems

»

Our favorite collection of

Famous Poets

»

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.