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A Wife in London (December, 1899)

Thomas Hardy 1840 (Stinsford) – 1928 (Dorchester, Dorset)



I--The Tragedy

She sits in the tawny vapour
  That the City lanes have uprolled,
  Behind whose webby fold on fold
Like a waning taper
  The street-lamp glimmers cold.

A messenger's knock cracks smartly,
  Flashed news is in her hand
  Of meaning it dazes to understand
Though shaped so shortly:
  He--has fallen--in the far South Land . . .

II--The Irony

'Tis the morrow; the fog hangs thicker,
  The postman nears and goes:
  A letter is brought whose lines disclose
By the firelight flicker
  His hand, whom the worm now knows:

Fresh--firm--penned in highest feather -
  Page-full of his hoped return,
  And of home-planned jaunts by brake and burn
In the summer weather,
  And of new love that they would learn.

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