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Thomas Hardy (Томас Гарди (Харди))


Mute Opinion


I

I traversed a dominion
Whose spokesmen spake out strong
Their purpose and opinion
Through pulpit, press, and song.
I scarce had means to note there
A large-eyed few, and dumb,
Who thought not as those thought there
That stirred the heat and hum.

II

When, grown a Shade, beholding
That land in lifetime trode,
To learn if its unfolding
Fulfilled its clamoured code,
I saw, in web unbroken,
Its history outwrought
Not as the loud had spoken,
But as the mute had thought.



Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. Rome: The Vatican: Sala delle Muse
  2. The Blinded Bird
  3. Thoughts at Midnight
  4. The Inscription
  5. The Gap in the White


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