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Wessex Poems and Other Verses

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Author: Thomas Hardy
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,242 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.3
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,457 3230
Genre: Poetry

ted at that time that they might see the light.

Whenever an ancient and legitimate word of the district, for which there was no equivalent in received English, suggested itself as the most natural, nearest, and often only expression of a thought, it has been made use of, on what seemed good grounds.

The pieces are in a large degree dramatic or personative in conception; and this even where they are not obviously so.

The dates attached to some of the poems do not apply to the rough sketches given in illustration, which have been recently made, and, as may be surmised, are inserted for personal and local reasons rather than for their intrinsic qualities.

T. H.
September 1898.


Change and chancefulness in my flowering youthtime,
Set me sun by sun near to one unchosen;
Wrought us fellow-like, and despite divergence,

Friends interlinked us.

"Cherish him can I while the true one forthcome -
Come the rich fulfiller o



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