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Happy Halloween from Ireland and from the Gothic Poet – Thomas Hardy.

The To-be-forgotten By Thomas Hardy Photography : Nigel Borrington

The To-be-forgotten
Photography : Nigel Borrington

Happy Halloween to you all !

Today my post contains some images at the old estate church yard of Temple Michael, Ballynatray Estate, Cherrymount, county cork, and one of my most loved poems by Thomas Hardy, a true poet from the hight of the 1800’s Gothic period and a Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot.

So tonight when it goes dark if I were you I would light a fire, lock the doors and windows and stay inside as the time is tonight when The “soon to-be Forgotten” rise.

The To-be-forgotten

By Thomas Hardy
.

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
β€””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!

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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.

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.

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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 β€”
First memory, then oblivion’s swallowing sea;
Like men foregone, shall we merge into those
Whose story no one knows.

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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.”

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6 responses

  1. The Unfolding

    Thank you. And to you as well! πŸ™‚

    October 31, 2014 at 3:23 am

  2. Great photos as always!

    October 31, 2014 at 7:05 am

    • Hello Arlene πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ , very pleased you enjoyed them !!!

      October 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

  3. Happy Halloween, Nigel!

    October 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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