To Outer Nature

SHOW thee as I thought thee
  When I early sought thee,
  Omen-scouting,
  All undoubting
  Love alone had wrought thee--

  Wrought thee for my pleasure,
  Planned thee as a measure
  For expounding
  And resounding
  Glad things that men treasure.

  O for but a moment
  Of that old endowment--
  Light to gaily
  See thy daily
  Irisèd embowment!

  But such readorning
  Time forbids with scorning--
  Makes me see things
  Cease to be things
  They were in my morning.

  Fad'st thou, glow-forsaken,
  Darkness-overtaken!
  Thy first sweetness,
  Radiance, meetness,
  None shall reawaken.

  Why not sempiternal
  Thou and I? Our vernal
  Brightness keeping,
  Time outleaping;
  Passed the hodiernal!

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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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