Thomas Hardy

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

Sapphic Fragment


"Thou shalt be--Nothing."--Omar Khayyam.
"Tombless, with no remembrance."--W. Shakespeare.

Dead shalt thou lie; and nought
   Be told of thee or thought,
For thou hast plucked not of the Muses' tree:
   And even in Hades' halls
   Amidst thy fellow-thralls
No friendly shade thy shade shall company!

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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