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June 2, 2013 · 1:44 PM

The High-School Lawn

by Thomas Hardy


Gray prinked with rose,

White tipped with blue,

Shoes with gay hose,

Sleeves of chrome hue;

Fluffed frills of white,

Dark bordered light;

Such shimmerings through

Trees of emerald green are eyed

This afternoon, from the road outside.


They whirl around:

Many laughters run

With a cascade's sound;

Then a mere one.


A bell: they flee:

Silence then: --

So it will be

Some day again

With them, -- with me.



Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Stinsford, a village on the southern coast of England. Though perhaps best known for his many novels, Hardy abandoned fiction after receiving an increasingly negative reception from critics of the time and turned entirely to poetry. He died in 1928.

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