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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Thomas Hardy. 1840–
 
1. In Time of "The Breaking of Nations"
 
ONLY a man harrowing clods 
  In a slow silent walk, 
With an old horse that stumbles and nods 
  Half asleep as they stalk. 
  
Only thin smoke without flame         5
  From the heaps of couch grass: 
Yet this will go onward the same 
  Though Dynasties pass. 
  
Yonder a maid and her wight 
  Come whispering by;  10
War's annals will fade into night 
  Ere their story die. 
 
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