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Poem by Thomas Hardy

To the Moon

What have you looked at, Moon,
In your time,
Now long past your prime?
O, I have looked at, often looked at
Sweet, sublime,
Sore things, shudderful, night and noon
In my time.

What have you mused on, Moon,
In your day,
So aloof, so far away?
O, I have mused on, often mused on
Growth, decay,
Nations alive, dead, mad, aswoon,
In my day!

Have you much wondered, Moon,
On your rounds,
Self-wrapt, beyond Earths bounds?
Yea, I have wondered, often wondered
At the sounds
Reaching me of the human tune
On my rounds.

What do you think of it, Moon,
As you go?
Is Life much, or no?
O, I think of it, often think of it
As a show
God ought surely to shut up soon,
As I go.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. A Woman Driving
  2. Come Not; Yet Come!
  3. Long Plighted
  4. On a Heath
  5. A Winsome Woman

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Percy Shelley To the Moon ("Art Thou Pale for Weariness") 1820
  • Walter Scott To the Moon ("Hail to thy cold and clouded beam")

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