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The Inconsistent by Thomas Hardy
I say, 'She was as good as fair,'
When standing by her mound;
'Such passing sweetness,' I declare,
'No longer treads the ground.'
I say, 'What living Love can catch
Her bloom and bonhomie,
And what in newer maidens match
Her olden warmth to me!'
- There stands within yon vestry-nook
Where bonded lovers sign,
Her name upon a faded book
With one that is not mine.
To him she breathed the tender vow
She once had breathed to me,
But yet I say, 'O love, even now
Would I had died for thee!'