Thomas Hardy

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

The To-Be-Forgotten


I
I heard a small sad sound,
And stood awhile among the tombs around:
"Wherefore, old friends," said I, "are you distrest,
Now, screened from life's unrest?"

II
--"O not at being here;
But that our future second death is near;
When, with the living, memory of us numbs,
And blank oblivion comes!

III
"These, our sped ancestry,
Lie here embraced by deeper death than we;
Nor shape nor thought of theirs can you descry
With keenest backward eye.

IV
"They count as quite forgot;
They are as men who have existed not;
Theirs is a loss past loss of fitful breath;
It is the second death.

V
"We here, as yet, each day
Are blest with dear recall; as yet, can say
We hold in some soul loved continuance
Of shape and voice and glance.

VI
"But what has been will be --
First memory, then oblivion's swallowing sea;
Like men foregone, shall we merge into those
Whose story no one knows.

VII
"For which of us could hope
To show in life that world-awakening scope
Granted the few whose memory none lets die,
But all men magnify?

VIII
"We were but Fortune's sport;
Things true, things lovely, things of good report
We neither shunned nor sought ... We see our bourne,
And seeing it we mourn."

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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

Read poems about / on: loss, memory, death, future, sad, hope, sea, world, life, friend

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 (The To-Be-Forgotten 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. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Vaders gaan niet dood, Madrason writer
  2. Desires Finding Their Places, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Joyful Sounds, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Last Horizon, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. i want to weigh the moon with you, Mandolyn ...
  6. Italian Birthday Poem, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. God's Most Published Poet, Tom Zart
  8. Fruitless love, Nero CaroZiv
  9. Misunderstood, Madrason writer
  10. Do what father says, Madrason writer
[Hata Bildir]