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Poem by Thomas Hardy


Thoughts at Midnight


Mankind, you dismay me
When shadows waylay me! Ц
Not by your splendours
Do you affray me,
Not as pretenders
To demonic keenness,
Not by your meanness,
Nor your ill-teachings,
Nor your false preachings,
Nor your banalities
And immoralities,
Nor by your daring
Nor sinister bearing;
But by your madnesses
Capping cool badnesses,
Acting like puppets
Under TimeТs buffets;
In superstitions
And ambitions
Moved by no wisdom,
Far-sight, or system,
Led by sheer senselessness
And presciencelessness
Into unreason
And hideous self-treason...
God, look he on you,
Have mercy upon you!

Part written 25 May 1906

Thomas Hardy


Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. The Supplanter
  2. Song from Heine
  3. In the Vaulted Way
  4. To an Impersonator of Rosalind
  5. The Place on the Map


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