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A Meeting With Despair by Thomas Hardy
AS evening shaped I found me on a moor
Which sight could scarce sustain:
The black lean land, of featureless contour,
Was like a tract in pain.
'This scene, like my own life,' I said, 'is one
Where many glooms abide;
Toned by its fortune to a deadly dun--
Lightless on every side.
I glanced aloft and halted, pleasure-caught
To see the contrast there:
The ray-lit clouds gleamed glory; and I thought,
'There's solace everywhere!'
Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood
I dealt me silently
As one perverse--misrepresenting Good
In graceless mutiny.
Against the horizon's dim-descerned wheel
A form rose, strange of mould:
That he was hideous, hopeless, I could feel
Rather than could behold.
''Tis a dead spot, where even the light lies spent
To darkness!' croaked the Thing.
'Not if you look aloft!' said I, intent
On my new reasoning.
'Yea--but await awhile!' he cried. 'Ho-ho!--
Look now aloft and see!'
I looked. There, too, sat night: Heaven's radiant show
Had gone. Then chuckled he.