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Time's Laughingstocks   By: (1840-1928)

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This etext was prepared from the 1919 Macmillan and Co. edition by David Price, email


by Thomas Hardy


Preface TIME'S LAUGHINGSTOCKS The Revisitation A Trampwoman's Tragedy The Two Rosalinds A Sunday Morning Tragedy The House of Hospitalities Bereft John and Jane The Curate's Kindness The Flirt's Tragedy The Rejected Member's Wife The Farm Woman's Winter Autumn in King's Hintock Park Shut out that Moon Reminiscences of a Dancing Man The Dead Man Walking MORE LOVE LYRICS 1967 Her Definition The Division On the Departure Platform In a Cathedral City "I say I'll seek Her" Her Father At Waking Four Footprints In the Vaulted Way In the Mind's Eye The End of the Episode The Sigh "In the Night She Came" The Conformers The Dawn after the Dance The Sun on the Letter The Night of the Dance Misconception The Voice of the Thorn From Her in the Country Her Confession To an Impersonator of Rosalind To an Actress The Minute before Meeting He abjures Love A SET OF COUNTRY SONGS Let me Enjoy At Casterbridge Fair: I. The Ballad Singer II. Former Beauties III. After the Club Dance IV. The Market Girl V. The Inquiry VI. A Wife Waits VII. After the Fair The Dark eyed Gentleman To Carrey Clavel The Orphaned Old Maid The Spring Call Julie Jane News for Her Mother The Fiddler The Husband's View Rose Ann The Homecoming PIECES OCCASIONAL AND VARIOUS A Church Romance The Rash Bride The Dead Quire The Christening A Dream Question By the Barrows A Wife and Another The Roman Road The Vampirine Fair The Reminder The Rambler Night in the Old Home After the Last Breath In Childbed The Pine Planters The Dear One We Knew She Hears the Storm A Wet Night Before Life and After New Year's Eve God's Education To Sincerity Panthera The Unborn The Man He Killed Geographical Knowledge One Ralph Blossom Soliloquizes The Noble Lady's Tale Unrealized Wagtail and Baby Aberdeen: 1905 George Meredith, 1828 1909 Yell'ham wood's Story A Young Man's Epigram on Existence


In collecting the following poems I have to thank the editors and proprietors of the periodicals in which certain of them have appeared for permission to reclaim them.

Now that the miscellany is brought together, some lack of concord in pieces written at widely severed dates, and in contrasting moods and circumstances, will be obvious enough. This I cannot help, but the sense of disconnection, particularly in respect of those lyrics penned in the first person, will be immaterial when it is borne in mind that they are to be regarded, in the main, as dramatic monologues by different characters.

As a whole they will, I hope, take the reader forward, even if not far, rather than backward. I should add that some lines in the early dated poems have been rewritten, though they have been left substantially unchanged.

T. H. September 1909.


As I lay awake at night time In an ancient country barrack known to ancient cannoneers, And recalled the hopes that heralded each seeming brave and bright time Of my primal purple years,

Much it haunted me that, nigh there, I had borne my bitterest loss when One who went, came not again; In a joyless hour of discord, in a joyless hued July there A July just such as then.

And as thus I brooded longer, With my faint eyes on the feeble square of wan lit window frame, A quick conviction sprung within me, grew, and grew yet stronger, That the month night was the same,

Too, as that which saw her leave me On the rugged ridge of Waterstone, the peewits plaining round; And a lapsing twenty years had ruled that as it were to grieve me I should near the once loved ground... Continue reading book >>

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