Thomas Hardy

V.R. 1819-1901 (A Reverie.)

Thomas Hardy, was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Eccesiastical History at Edinburgh University.

Moments the mightiest pass calendared,
  And when the Absolute
  In backward Time outgave the deedful word
  Whereby all life is stirred:
"Let one be born and throned whose mould shall constitute
The norm of every royal-reckoned attribute,"
  No mortal knew or heard.
  But in due days the purposed Life outshone -
  Serene, sagacious, free;
 --Her waxing seasons bloomed with deeds well done,
  And the world's heart was won . . .
Yet may the deed of hers most bright in eyes to be
Lie hid from ours--as in the All-One's thought lay she -
  Till ripening years have run.