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Thomas Hardy (Томас Гарди (Харди))

The New Dawn’s Business

What are you doing outside my walls,
O Dawn of another day?
I have not called you over the edge
Of the heathy ledge,
So why do you come this way,
With your furtive footstep without sound here,
And your face so deedily gray?

‘I show a light for killing the man
Who lives not far from you,
And for bringing to birth the lady’s child,
Nigh domiciled,
And for earthing a corpse or two,
And for several other such odd jobs round here
That Time to-day must do.

‘But you he leaves alone (although,
As you have often said,
You are always ready to pay the debt
You don’t forget
You owe for board and bed):
The truth is, when men willing are found here
He takes those loth instead.’

Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. Lady Vi
  2. The Something that Saved Him
  3. The Chosen
  4. The Absolute Explains
  5. Song to an Old Burden

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