poet Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

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Faintheart In A Railway Train

At nine in the morning there passed a church,
At ten there passed me by the sea,
At twelve a town of smoke and smirch,
At two a forest of oak and birch,
And then, on a platform, she:

A radiant stranger, who saw not me.
I queried, 'Get out to her do I dare?'
But I kept my seat in my search for a plea,
And the wheels moved on. O could it but be
That I had alighted there!

Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 10, 2010

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  • Alex Gordon (7/24/2020 2:05:00 AM)

    Or, as Tom Waits said, I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You.

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (2/20/2020 8:10:00 PM)

    Having ridden on many trains, the concise poem appeals to me. Different scenes at different times of day.
    Then to see an attractive woman at a station. I would have been too shy also
    to disembark at the station where she was. Hardy at his best in this poem.

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  • Eshaal (2/5/2018 12:47:00 PM)

    I love this poem I'm using it for my homework I like it because it's interesting

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