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Poem by Thomas Hardy

Over the Coffin

They stand confronting, the coffin between,
His wife of old, and his wife of late,
And the dead man whose they both had been
Seems listening aloof, as to things past date.
 I have called, says the first. Do you marvel or not?
In truth, says the second, I do  somewhat.

Well, there was a word to be said by me! . . . 
I divorced that man because of you 
It seemed I must do it, boundenly;
But now I am older, and tell you true,
For life is little, and dead lies he;
I would I had let alone you two!
And both of us, scorning parochial ways,
Had lived like the wives in the patriarchs days.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. Genitrix Laesa
  2. Mute Opinion
  3. I Say, Ill Seek Her Side
  4. The Two Houses
  5. Nothing Matters Much

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