“I Said To Love”

by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
I said to Love,
"It is not now as in old days
When men adored thee and thy ways
All else above;
Named the the Boy, the Bright, the One
Who spread a heaven beneath the sun,"
I said to Love.

I said to him,
"We now know more of thee than then;
We were but weak in judgment when
With hearts abrim
We clamoured thee that thou would'st please
Inflict on us thine agonies,"
I said to him.

I said to Love,
"Thou art not young, thou art not fair,
No faery darts, no cherub air,
Nor swan, nor dove 
Are thine; but features pitiless,
And iron daggers of distress,"
I said to Love.

"Depart then, Love! . . .
- Man's race shall end, dost threaten thou?
The age to come the man of now
Know nothing of?
We fear not such a threat from thee;
We are too old in apathy!
Mankind shall cease - So let it be,"
I said to Love?

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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