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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