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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
150. She Hears the Storm
 
By Thomas Hardy
 
 
THERE was a time in former years—
  While my roof-tree was his—
When I should have been distressed by fears
  At such a night as this.
 
I should have murmured anxiously,        5
  “The pricking rain strikes cold;
His road is bare of hedge or tree,
  And he is getting old.”
 
But now the fitful chimney-roar,
  The drone of Thorncombe trees,        10
The Froom in flood upon the moor,
  The mud of Mellstock Leaze,
 
The candle slanting sooty wick’d,
  The thuds upon the thatch,
The eaves-drops on the window flicked,        15
  The clacking garden-hatch,
 
And what they mean to wayfarers,
  I scarcely heed or mind;
He has won that storm-tight roof of hers
  Which Earth grants all her kind.        20
 

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