Unknowing

WHEN, soul in soul reflected,
  We breathed an æthered air,
  When we neglected
  All things elsewhere,
  And left the friendly friendless
  To keep our love aglow,
  We deemed it endless...
  --We did not know!

  When, by mad passion goaded,
  We planned to hie away,
  But, unforeboded,
  The storm-shafts gray
  So heavily down-pattered
  That none could forthward go,
  Our lives seemed shattered...
  --We did not know!

  When I found you, helpless lying,
  And you waived my deep misprise,
  And swore me, dying,
  In phantom-guise
  To wing to me when grieving,
  And touch away my woe,
  We kissed, believing...
  --We did not know!

  But though, your powers outreckoning,
  You hold you dead and dumb,
  Or scorn my beckoning,
  And will not come;
  And I say, "'Twere mood ungainly
  To store her memory so:"
  I say it vainly--
  I feel and know!

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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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