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Poem by Thomas Hardy


The Problem


Shall we conceal the Case, or tell it 
We who believe the evidence?
Here and there the watch-towers knell it
With a sullen significance,
Heard of the few who hearken intently and carry an eagerly upstrained sense.

Hearts that are happiest hold not by it;
Better we let, then, the old view reign:
Since there is peace in that, why decry it?
Since there is comfort, why disdain?
Note not the pigment so long as the painting determines humanitys joy and pain.



Thomas Hardy


Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. At Shags Heath
  2. The Thing Unplanned
  3. So Various
  4. The Rash Bride
  5. The Hatband


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Ralph Emerson The Problem ("I like a church; I like a cowl")
  • Henry Timrod The Problem ("Not to win thy favor, maiden, not to steal away thy heart")

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