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Poem by Thomas Hardy


A January Night


(1879)

The rain smites more and more,
The east wind snarls and sneezes;
Through the joints of the quivering door
The water wheezes.

The tip of each ivy-shoot
Writhes on its neighbours face;
There is some hid dread afoot
That we cannot trace.

Is it the spirit astray
Of the man at the house below
Whose coffin they took in to-day?
We do not know.



Thomas Hardy

Poem Theme: Night

Thomas Hardy's other poems:
  1. In Tenebris I
  2. The Blow
  3. The Absolute Explains
  4. The Rover Come Home
  5. So Various


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