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Love Through The Ages | The Going

Ruth Owen | Wednesday October 12, 2011

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The Going

Thomas Hardy 1840-928

Why did you give no hint that night
That quickly after the morrow’s dawn,
And calmly, as if indifferent quite,
You would close your term here, up and be gone
  Where I could not follow
  With wing of swallow
To gain one glimpse of you ever anon!

  Never to bid good-bye,
  Or lip me the softest call,
Or utter a wish for a word, while I
Saw morning harden upon the wall,
  Unmoved, unknowing
  That your great going
Had place that moment, and altered all.

Why do you make me leave the house
And think for a breath it is you I see
At the end of the alley of bending boughs
Where so often at dusk you used to be;
  Till in darkening dankness
  The yawning blankness
Of the perspective sickens me!

  You were she who abode
  By those red-veined rocks far West,
You were the swan-necked one who rode
Along the beetling Beeny Crest,
  And, reining nigh me,
  Would muse and eye me,
While Life unrolled us its very best.

Why, then, latterly did we not speak,
Did we not think of those days long dead,
And ere your vanishing strive to seek
That time’s renewal?  We might have said,
  “In this bright spring weather
  We’ll visit together
Those places that once we visited.”

  Well, well!  All’s past amend,
  Unchangeable.  It must go.
I seem but a dead man held on end
  To sink down soon. . . . O you could not know
  That such swift fleeing
No soul foreseeing—
Not even I—would undo me so!

In The Going by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), the poet is writing after the death of his first wife,...


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