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December 30th, 2010


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11:20 pm - So little cause for carolings
This is my favourite New Year poem. It is by Thomas Hardy.


The Darkling Thrush

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

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From:communicator
Date:December 31st, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad you liked it
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From:the_wild_iris
Date:December 31st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for this. Happy new year!
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From:communicator
Date:January 1st, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
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happy new year. i am sending this from my new kindle

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