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A Christmas Ghost Story. - Poem by Thomas Hardy

South of the Line, inland from far Durban,
A mouldering soldier lies--your countryman.
Awry and doubled up are his gray bones,
And on the breeze his puzzled phantom moans
Nightly to clear Canopus: "I would know
By whom and when the All-Earth-gladdening Law
Of Peace, brought in by that Man Crucified,
Was ruled to be inept, and set aside?

And what of logic or of truth appears
In tacking 'Anno Domini' to the years?
Near twenty-hundred livened thus have hied,
But tarries yet the Cause for which He died."


Comments about A Christmas Ghost Story. by Thomas Hardy

  • Gold Star - 15,296 Points Paul Amrod (12/28/2017 5:47:00 PM)

    The hard realism lacks in a somewhat more romantic view of Human Nature. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Philip Grabowskii (12/28/2017 1:02:00 PM)

    Wow. This was a new Hardy for me, but it definitely fits into the dark, pessimistic outlook that I have come to expect and love from him. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 185,095 Points Susan Williams (12/28/2017 2:48:00 AM)

    Lucy bring's up a very important question. I cannot answer it- -but the poem can certainly be read both ways. I would rather take it as a man of faith unhappy with mankind for not yielding to love over armed hostility. It is good to write poetry like this- that poses a question of intent and thus cause good readers to dig deeper. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Christmas

  1. 1. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. 3. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
  4. 4. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. 5. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
  6. 6. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
  7. 7. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
  8. 8. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
  9. 9. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
  10. 10. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
  11. 11. Christmas , John Clare
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  13. 13. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
  14. 14. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
  15. 15. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
  16. 16. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
  17. 17. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
  18. 18. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  19. 19. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
  20. 20. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
  21. 21. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
  22. 22. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  23. 23. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
  24. 24. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
  25. 25. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
  26. 26. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
  27. 27. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
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  29. 29. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
  30. 30. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
  31. 31. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
  33. 33. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
  34. 34. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
  35. 35. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
  37. 37. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
  38. 38. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  39. 39. The Greatest Birthday (Christmas Chris.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  40. 40. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  41. 41. The Cast Of Christmas Reassembles For Ea.. , Steve Turner
  42. 42. Christmas , Henry Timrod
  43. 43. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
  44. 44. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
  45. 45. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
  46. 46. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
  47. 47. The Mistletoe (A Christmas Tale) , Mary Darby Robinson
  48. 48. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
  49. 49. Christmas In Australia , Victor James Daley
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