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Poem by Thomas Hardy


Mute Opinion


I

I traversed a dominion
Whose spokesmen spake out strong
Their purpose and opinion
Through pulpit, press, and song.
I scarce had means to note there
A large-eyed few, and dumb,
Who thought not as those thought there
That stirred the heat and hum.

II

When, grown a Shade, beholding
That land in lifetime trode,
To learn if its unfolding
Fulfilled its clamoured code,
I saw, in web unbroken,
Its history outwrought
Not as the loud had spoken,
But as the mute had thought.



Thomas Hardy


Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. Zermatt: To the Matterhorn
  2. The Absolute Explains
  3. Song to Aurore
  4. Rome: The Vatican: Sala delle Muse
  5. The Night of the Dance


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