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    Thomas Hardy anniversary

    Thomas Hardy died 89 years ago today at his house Max Gate, on the outskirts of Dorchester. This is one of my (many) favourite poems of his;

    `An August Midnight`

    A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
    And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
    On this scene enter - winged, horned, and spined -
    A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
    While `mid my page there idly stands
    A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands...

    Thus meet we five, in this still place,
    At this point of time, at this point in space.
    - My guests besmear my new-penned line,
    Or bang at the lamp and fall supine.
    "God`s humblest, they !" I muse, Yet why ?
    They know Earth-secrets that know not I.

    The scene of the poem is his study at Max Gate. It was written in 1899 and appeared in his second volume of verse, `Poems of the Past and the Present`, published in 1901.

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    On the road, but not! Danik 2016's Avatar
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    Another one:

    The Sun On The Bookcase

    Once more the cauldron of the sun
    Smears the bookcase with winy red,
    And here my page is, and there my bed,
    And the apple-tree shadows travel along.
    Soon their intangible track will be run,
    And dusk grow strong
    And they have fled.

    Yes: now the boiling ball is gone,
    And I have wasted another day….
    But wasted-wasted, do I say?
    Is it a waste to have imagined one
    Beyond the hills there, who, anon,
    My great deeds done,
    Will be mine alway?
    Thomas Hardy
    (From Poem Hunter)
    "You can always find something better than death."
    Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The Bremen Town Musicians

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