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Hardy, 1898, Nature,s questioning.

When I look forth at dawning, pool, field,
flock, and lonely tree,
All seem to gaze at me
Like chastened children sitting silent in a school;

Their faces dulled, constrained, and worn,
As though the master's ways
Through the long teaching days
Had cowed them till their early zest was overborne.

Upon them stirs in lippings mere
( As if once clear in call,
But now scarce breathed at all )-
" We wonder, ever wonder, why we find us here!

" Has some vast Imbecility,
Mighty to build and blend,
But impotent to tend'
Framed us in jest, and left us now to hazardry?

" Or come we of an Automaton
Unconscious of our pains?...
Or are we live remains
Of Godhead dying downwards, brain and eye now gone?

"Or is it that some high plan betides,
As yet not understood,
Of evil stormed by good,
We the forlorn hope over which achievements strides ?"

Thus things around. No answer I...
Meanwhile the winds, and rains,
And Earth's old glooms and pains
Are still the same, and life and death are neighbours nigh.


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Posted by phoenix
20th May 2006ce

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