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The To-be-forgotten By Thomas Hardy

The to be forgotten

The To-be-forgotten
By Thomas Hardy
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I
I heard a small sad sound,
And stood awhile among the tombs around:
“Wherefore, old friends,” said I, “are you distrest,
Now, screened from life’s unrest?”

II
—”O not at being here;
But that our future second death is near;
When, with the living, memory of us numbs,
And blank oblivion comes!

III
“These, our sped ancestry,
Lie here embraced by deeper death than we;
Nor shape nor thought of theirs can you descry
With keenest backward eye.

The forgotten at rest 3

IV
“They count as quite forgot;
They are as men who have existed not;
Theirs is a loss past loss of fitful breath;
It is the second death.

V
“We here, as yet, each day
Are blest with dear recall; as yet, can say
We hold in some soul loved continuance
Of shape and voice and glance.

VI
“But what has been will be —
First memory, then oblivion’s swallowing sea;
Like men foregone, shall we merge into those
Whose story no one knows.

VII
“For which of us could hope
To show in life that world-awakening scope
Granted the few whose memory none lets die,
But all men magnify?

VIII
“We were but Fortune’s sport;
Things true, things lovely, things of good report
We neither shunned nor sought … We see our bourne,
And seeing it we mourn.”

5 responses

  1. Love the first picture. MM

    July 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  2. Lovely … And sad. 😦 … Thanks for sharing.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  3. Poignant. Oh, that Thomas Hardy.

    July 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

  4. Dear Thomas Hardy!!!

    July 3, 2013 at 2:00 am

  5. So sad. I haven’t come across this poem before. It’s a painful reminder to us all.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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