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The Problem

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



Shall we conceal the Case, or tell it -
  We who believe the evidence?
  Here and there the watch-towers knell it
  With a sullen significance,
Heard of the few who hearken intently and carry an eagerly upstrained
sense.

  Hearts that are happiest hold not by it;
  Better we let, then, the old view reign;
  Since there is peace in it, why decry it?
  Since there is comfort, why disdain?
Note not the pigment the while that the painting determines
humanity's joy and pain!

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