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Thomas Hardy (Томас Гарди (Харди))


The Pat of Butter


Once, at the Agricultural Show,
We tasted – all so yellow –
Those butter-pats, cool and mellow!
Each taste I still remember, though
It was so long ago.

This spoke of the grass of Netherhay,
And this of Kingcomb Hill,
And this of Coker Rill:
Which was the prime I could not say
Of all those tried that day,

Till she, the fair and wicked-eyed,
Held out a pat to me:
Then felt I all Yeo-Lea
Was by her sample sheer outvied;
And, ‘This is the best,’ I cried.



Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. Squire Hooper
  2. The Second Visit
  3. The Stranger’s Song
  4. The Colonel’s Soliloquy
  5. The Subalterns


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