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Poem by Thomas Hardy


Thoughts at Midnight


Mankind, you dismay me
When shadows waylay me! 
Not by your splendours
Do you affray me,
Not as pretenders
To demonic keenness,
Not by your meanness,
Nor your ill-teachings,
Nor your false preachings,
Nor your banalities
And immoralities,
Nor by your daring
Nor sinister bearing;
But by your madnesses
Capping cool badnesses,
Acting like puppets
Under Times buffets;
In superstitions
And ambitions
Moved by no wisdom,
Far-sight, or system,
Led by sheer senselessness
And presciencelessness
Into unreason
And hideous self-treason...
God, look he on you,
Have mercy upon you!

Part written 25 May 1906

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


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