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Postponement

She, To Him II

The Oxen

Unknowing

'Between Us Now' by Thomas Hardy

'How Great My Grief' (Triolet) by Thomas Hardy

'I Have Lived With Shades' by Thomas Hardy

'I Need Not Go' by Thomas Hardy

'I Said to Love' by Thomas Hardy

(As sung by Mr. Charles Charrington in the play of 'The Three Wayfarers') by Thomas Hardy

[Greek Title] by Thomas Hardy

A Broken Appointment by Thomas Hardy

A Christmas Ghost Story. by Thomas Hardy

A Commonplace Day by Thomas Hardy

A Confession To A Friend In Trouble by Thomas Hardy

A Man (In Memory of H. of M.) by Thomas Hardy

A Meeting With Despair by Thomas Hardy

A Sign-Seeker by Thomas Hardy

A Spot by Thomas Hardy

A Wasted Illness by Thomas Hardy

A Wife In London by Thomas Hardy

Additions by Thomas Hardy

After Schiller by Thomas Hardy

Afterwards by Thomas Hardy

Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave? by Thomas Hardy

Amabel by Thomas Hardy

An Ancient To Ancients by Thomas Hardy

An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy

An Autumn Rain-Scene by Thomas Hardy

Architectural Masks by Thomas Hardy

At A Bridal by Thomas Hardy

At a Hasty Wedding by Thomas Hardy

At a Lunar Eclipse by Thomas Hardy

At An Inn by Thomas Hardy

At Castle Boterel by Thomas Hardy

At Lulworth Cove A Century Back by Thomas Hardy

At The Railway Station, Upways by Thomas Hardy

At the War Office, London by Thomas Hardy

Beeny Cliff by Thomas Hardy

Between Us Now by Thomas Hardy

Birds at Winter Nightfall (Triolet) by Thomas Hardy

By the Earth's Corpse by Thomas Hardy

Cardinal Bembo's Epitaph on Raphael by Thomas Hardy

Catullus: XXXI by Thomas Hardy

Channel Firing by Thomas Hardy

De Profundis by Thomas Hardy

Departure by Thomas Hardy

Ditty by Thomas Hardy

Domicilium by Thomas Hardy

Doom and She by Thomas Hardy

Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy

During Wind And Rain by Thomas Hardy

Embarcation by Thomas Hardy

Epitaph On A Pessimist by Thomas Hardy

Fragment by Thomas Hardy

Friends Beyond by Thomas Hardy

From Victor Hugo by Thomas Hardy

Genoa and the Mediterranean. by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith by Thomas Hardy

God-Forgotten by Thomas Hardy

God's Funeral by Thomas Hardy

Hap by Thomas Hardy

He Never Expected Much by Thomas Hardy

Heiress And Architect by Thomas Hardy

Her Death And After by Thomas Hardy

Her Dilemma by Thomas Hardy

Her Immortality by Thomas Hardy

Her Initals by Thomas Hardy

Her Late Husband (King's-Hintock, 182-.) by Thomas Hardy

Her Reproach by Thomas Hardy

Heredity by Thomas Hardy

His Immortality by Thomas Hardy

I Have Lived With Shades by Thomas Hardy

I Look Into My Glass by Thomas Hardy

I Said To Love by Thomas Hardy

In A Eweleaze Near Weatherbury by Thomas Hardy

In A Museum by Thomas Hardy

In a Wood by Thomas Hardy

In Tenebris by Thomas Hardy

In The Moonlight by Thomas Hardy

In The Old Theatre, Fiesole. by Thomas Hardy

In The Vaulted Way by Thomas Hardy

In Time Of 'The Breaking Of Nations' by Thomas Hardy

In Vision I Roamed by Thomas Hardy

Last Words To A Dumb Friend by Thomas Hardy

Lausanne, In Gibbon's Old Garden: 11-12 p.m. by Thomas Hardy

Leipzig by Thomas Hardy

Let Me Enjoy by Thomas Hardy

Lines by Thomas Hardy

Lines On The Loss Of The 'Titanic' by Thomas Hardy

Long Plighted by Thomas Hardy

Mad Judy by Thomas Hardy

Men Who March Away by Thomas Hardy

Middle-Age Enthusiasms by Thomas Hardy

Midnight On The Great Western by Thomas Hardy

Mismet by Thomas Hardy

Moments Of Vision by Thomas Hardy

Mute Opinion by Thomas Hardy

My Cicely by Thomas Hardy

My Spirit Will Not Haunt The Mound by Thomas Hardy

Nature's Questioning by Thomas Hardy

Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

Night In The Old Home by Thomas Hardy

No Buyers by Thomas Hardy

On a Fine Morning by Thomas Hardy

On an Invitation to the United States by Thomas Hardy

Postponement by Thomas Hardy

Revulsion by Thomas Hardy

Rom: On the Palatine by Thomas Hardy

Rome at the Pyramid of Cestius Near the Graves of Shelley and Keats by Thomas Hardy

Rome: Building a New Street in the Ancient Quarter by Thomas Hardy

Rome: The Vatican-Sala Delle Muse. by Thomas Hardy

San Sebastian by Thomas Hardy

Sapphic Fragment by Thomas Hardy

Satires of Circumstance in Fifteen Glimpses VIII: In the St by Thomas Hardy

She At His Funeral by Thomas Hardy

She Hears The Storm by Thomas Hardy

She, To Him by Thomas Hardy

She, To Him I by Thomas Hardy

She, To Him II by Thomas Hardy

She, To Him III by Thomas Hardy

She, To Him IV by Thomas Hardy

She, to Him, I by Thomas Hardy

She, to Him, II by Thomas Hardy

Shelley's Skylark (The neighbourhood of Leghorn: March) by Thomas Hardy

Song From Heine by Thomas Hardy

Song of Hope by Thomas Hardy

Song of the Soldier's Wifes. by Thomas Hardy

Tess's Lament by Thomas Hardy

The Alarm by Thomas Hardy

The Bedridden Peasant to an Unknown God by Thomas Hardy

The Bridge of Lodi. by Thomas Hardy

The Bullfinches by Thomas Hardy

The Burghers by Thomas Hardy

The Caged Thrush Freed and Home Again (Villanelle) by Thomas Hardy

The Casterbridge Captains by Thomas Hardy

The Cave Of The Unborn by Thomas Hardy

The Choirmaster's Burial by Thomas Hardy

The Church-Builder by Thomas Hardy

The Colonel's Solilquy by Thomas Hardy

The Comet at Valbury or Yell'ham by Thomas Hardy

The Contretemps by Thomas Hardy

The Convergence Of The Twain by Thomas Hardy

The Coquette, and After (Triolets) by Thomas Hardy

The Dame of Athelhall by Thomas Hardy

The Dance At The Phoenix by Thomas Hardy

The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

The Dead Drummer by Thomas Hardy

The Dead Man Walking by Thomas Hardy

The Dream-Follower by Thomas Hardy

The Fallow Deer At The Lonely House by Thomas Hardy

The Farm Woman's Winter by Thomas Hardy

The Fire at Tranter Sweatley’s by Thomas Hardy

The Fire At Tranter Sweatley's by Thomas Hardy

The Ghost Of The Past by Thomas Hardy

The Going by Thomas Hardy

The Going of the Battery Wives. (Lament) by Thomas Hardy

The House Of Hospitalities by Thomas Hardy

The Impercipient by Thomas Hardy

The Inconsistent by Thomas Hardy

The Ivy-Wife by Thomas Hardy

The King's Experiment by Thomas Hardy

The Lacking Sense Scene.--A sad-coloured landscape, Waddon Vale by Thomas Hardy

The Last Chrysanthemum by Thomas Hardy

The Levelled Churchyard by Thomas Hardy

The Lost Pyx: A Mediaeval Legend by Thomas Hardy

The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy

The Masked Face by Thomas Hardy

The Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

The Mother Mourns by Thomas Hardy

The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

The Peasant's Confession by Thomas Hardy

The Phantom Horsewoman. by Thomas Hardy

The Pity Of It by Thomas Hardy

The Problem by Thomas Hardy

The Puzzled Game-Birds by Thomas Hardy

The Rambler by Thomas Hardy

The Respectable Burgher on 'The Higher Criticism' by Thomas Hardy

The Roman Road by Thomas Hardy

The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy

The Seasons of Her Year by Thomas Hardy

The Selfsame Song by Thomas Hardy

The Self-Unseeing by Thomas Hardy

The Sergeant's Song by Thomas Hardy

The Sick God by Thomas Hardy

The Sleep-Worker by Thomas Hardy

The Slow Nature by Thomas Hardy

The Souls of the Slain by Thomas Hardy

The Stranger's Song by Thomas Hardy

The Subalterns by Thomas Hardy

The Sun On The Bookcase by Thomas Hardy

The Superseded by Thomas Hardy

The Supplanter: A Tale by Thomas Hardy

The Temporary The All by Thomas Hardy

The Tenant-For-Life by Thomas Hardy

The To-Be-Forgotten by Thomas Hardy

The Tree: An Old Man's Story by Thomas Hardy

The Two Men by Thomas Hardy

The Voice by Thomas Hardy

The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy

The Widow by Thomas Hardy

The Year's Awakening by Thomas Hardy

Then And Now by Thomas Hardy

Thought Of Ph---a At News Of Her Death by Thomas Hardy

Thoughts of Ph——a by Thomas Hardy

Thoughts Of Phena by Thomas Hardy

To A Lady by Thomas Hardy

To An Orphan Child by Thomas Hardy

To An Unborn Pauper Child by Thomas Hardy

To Flowers From Italy in Winter by Thomas Hardy

To Life by Thomas Hardy

To Lizbie Browne by Thomas Hardy

To Outer Nature by Thomas Hardy

Transformations by Thomas Hardy

Under The Waterfall by Thomas Hardy

Unknowing by Thomas Hardy

V.R. 1819-1901 (A Reverie.) by Thomas Hardy

Valenciennes by Thomas Hardy

Waiting Both by Thomas Hardy

Weathers by Thomas Hardy

When I Set Out For Lyonnesse by Thomas Hardy

Winter in Durnover Field by Thomas Hardy

Wives in the Sere by Thomas Hardy

Zermatt to the Matterhorn. by Thomas Hardy


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The Two Men by Thomas Hardy

THERE were two youths of equal age,
Wit, station, strength, and parentage;
They studied at the self-same schools,
And shaped their thoughts by common rules.

One pondered on the life of man,
His hopes, his endings, and began
To rate the Market's sordid war
As something scarce worth living for.

'I'll brace to higher aims,' said he,
'I'll further Truth and Purity;
Thereby to mend and mortal lot
And sweeten sorrow. Thrive I not,

'Winning their hearts, my kind will give
Enough that I may lowly live,
And house my Love in some dim dell,
For pleasing them and theirs so well.'

Idly attired, with features wan,
In secret swift he labored on;
Such press of power had brought much gold
Applied to things of meaner mould.

Sometimes he wished his aims had been
To gather gains like other men;
Then thanked his God he'd traced his track
Too far for wish to drag him back.

He looked from his loft one day
To where his slighted garden lay;
Nettles and hemlock hid each lawn,
And every flower was starved and gone.

He fainted in his heart, whereon
He rose, and sought his plighted one,
Resolved to loose her bond withal,
Lest she should perish in his fall.

He met her with a careless air,
As though he'd ceased to find her fair,
And said: 'True love is dust to me;
I cannot kiss: I tire of thee!'

(That she might scorn him was he fain,
To put her sooner out of pain;
For incensed love breathes quick and dies,
When famished love a-lingering lies.)

Once done, his soul was so betossed,
It found no more the force it lost:
Hope was his only drink and food,
And hope extinct, decay ensued.

And, living long so closely penned,
He had not kept a single friend;
He dwindled thin as phantoms be,
And drooped to death in poverty....

Meantime his schoolmate had gone out
To join the fortune-finding rout;
He liked the winnings of the mart,
But wearied of the working part.

He turned to seek a privy lair,
Neglecting note of garb and hair,
And day by day reclined and thought
How he might live by doing nought.

'I plan a valued scheme,' he said
To some. 'But lend me of your bread,
And when the vast result looms nigh,
In profit you shall stand as I.'

Yet they took counsel to restrain
Their kindness till they saw the gain;
And, since his substance now had run,
He rose to do what might be done.

He went unto his Love by night,
And said: 'My Love, I faint in fight:
Deserving as thou dost a crown,
My cares shall never drag thee down.'

(He had descried a maid whose line
Would hand her on much corn and wine,
And held her far in worth above
One who could only pray and love.)

But this Fair read him; whence he failed
To do the deed so blithely hailed;
He saw his projects wholly marred,
And gloom and want oppressed him hard;

Till, living to so mean an end,
Whereby he'd lost his every friend,
He perished in a pauper sty,
His mate the dying pauper nigh.

And moralists, reflecting, said,
As 'dust to dust' in burial read
Was echoed from each coffin-lid,
'These men were like in all they did.'