Seen By The Waits

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



Through snowy woods and shady
We went to play a tune
To the lonely manor-lady
By the light of the Christmas moon.

We violed till, upward glancing
To where a mirror leaned,
We saw her airily dancing,
Deeming her movements screened;

Dancing alone in the room there,
Thin-draped in her robe of night;
Her postures, glassed in the gloom there,
Were a strange phantasmal sight.

She had learnt (we heard when homing)
That her roving spouse was dead;
Why she had danced in the gloaming
We thought, but never said.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF CGCG
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 499
Words 92
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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