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A Man (In Memory Of H. Of M.)

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In Casterbridge there stood a noble pile,
Wrought with pilaster, bay, and balustrade
In tactful times when shrewd Eliza swayed. -
   On burgher, squire, and clown
It smiled the long street down for near a mile

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But evil days beset that domicile;
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Khairul Ahsan 02 February 2019
'His protest lives where deathless things abide! ' - How marvelously the poem ends here! It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice to stand by our principles, but at the end of the day, men of principle stand out head and shoulder above others.
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Glen Kappy 02 February 2019
what takes years, sometimes centuries, to build can be taken down in a few hours or less. i think of ancient sites destroyed in syria and iraq. another message we can take from this is how vulnerable our things and we ourselves are, though typically, for those of us in comfortable circumstances, this is far from our minds. -gk
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Edward Kofi Louis 02 February 2019
Bold! ! I long to hold! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Dr Antony Theodore 02 February 2019
Yet when I pass the spot I long to hold As truth what fancy saith: His protest lives where deathless things abide! standing for truth makes one live. in the minds of people. very good poem. tony
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Adrian Flett 02 February 2019
A fine poem by a great novelist. It is a great sacrifice worth taking to hold your principles though it meant being without work in H of M's case.
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Ramesh T A 02 February 2019
When old glory goes away whether it is old building or worn out soul of man, none cares in the world! It is the idea the poet is trying to convey in this poem perhaps based on his own experience in Casterbridge!
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Bernard F. Asuncion 02 February 2019
A marvelous poem by Thomas Hardy......
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So poignant this piece is....really touches my heart a bit, oh no a lot bit with lines when my soul swims as His protest lives where deathless things abide! .........Thomas you are fantastic..............
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