To An Orphan Child

A Whimsey

  AH, child, thou art but half thy darling mother's;
  Hers couldst thou wholly be,
  My light in thee would outglow all in others;
  She would relive to me.
  But niggard Nature's trick of birth
  Bars, lest she overjoy,
  Renewal of the loved on earth
  Save with alloy.

  The Dame has no regard, alas, my maiden,
  For love and loss like mine--
  No sympathy with mind-sight memory-laden;
  Only with fickle eyne.
  To her mechanic artistry
  My dreams are all unknown,
  And why I wish that thou couldst be
  But One's alone!

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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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