Learn More

Thomas Hardy

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

Amabel


I MARKED her ruined hues,
Her custom-straitened views,
And asked, "Can there indwell
My Amabel?"

I looked upon her gown,
Once rose, now earthen brown;
The change was like the knell
Of Amabel.

Her step's mechanic ways
Had lost the life of May's;
Her laugh, once sweet in swell,
Spoilt Amabel.

I mused: "Who sings the strain
I sang ere warmth did wane?
Who thinks its numbers spell
His Amabel?"--

Knowing that, though Love cease,
Love's race shows undecrease;
All find in dorp or dell
An Amabel.

--I felt that I could creep
To some housetop, and weep,
That Time the tyrant fell
Ruled Amabel!

I said (the while I sighed
That love like ours had died),
"Fond things I'll no more tell
To Amabel,

"But leave her to her fate,
And fling across the gate,
'Till the Last Trump, farewell,
O Amabel!'"

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: farewell, fate, change, rose, lost, love, time, life

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Amabel by Thomas Hardy )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. A Little While, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  8. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. A Smile To Remember, Charles Bukowski

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. My Struggle, Michael P. McParland
  2. Nervous Wreck, Michael P. McParland
  3. Bäume, Wolfgang Steinmann
  4. Infinity Divided By Zero, Michael P. McParland
  5. Inner nightmare, iluneos periform
  6. Light, Isaac Maliya
  7. Trapped in a dewy glistening web, Mark Heathcote
  8. Three Days Before Christmas, Wolfgang Steinmann
  9. Insanity, Michael P. McParland
  10. Invisible, Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]