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Thomas Hardy (1840–1928).  Wessex Poems and Other Verses.  1898.
 
36. To Outer Nature
 
 
SHOW thee as I thought thee
When I early sought thee,
  Omen-scouting,
  All undoubting
Love alone had wrought thee—        5
 
Wrought thee for my pleasure,
Planned thee as a measure
  For expounding
  And resounding
Glad things that men treasure.        10
 
O for but a moment
Of that old endowment—
  Light to gaily
  See thy daily
Irisèd embowment!        15
 
But such readorning
Time forbids with scorning—
  Makes me see things
  Cease to be things
They were in my morning.        20
 
Fad’st thou, glow-forsaken,
Darkness-overtaken!
  Thy first sweetness,
  Radiance, meetness,
None shall reawaken.        25
 
Why not sempiternal
Thou and I? Our vernal
  Brightness keeping,
  Time outleaping;
Passed the hodiernal!        30
 

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