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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Thomas Hardy. 1840–
 
2. Going and Staying
 
THE moving sun-shapes on the spray, 
The sparkles where the brook was flowing, 
Pink faces, plightings, moonlit May,— 
These were the things we wished would stay; 
      But they were going.         5
  
Seasons of blankness as of snow, 
The silent bleed of a world decaying, 
The moan of multitudes in woe,— 
These were the things we wished would go; 
      But they were staying.  10
 
 
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