Hap

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,

Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,

That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting!”


Then would I bear, and clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;

Half-eased, too, that a Powerfuller than I

Had willed and meted me the tears I shed.


But not so. How arrives it joy lies slain,

And why unblooms the best hope ever sown?
—Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,

And dicing Time for gladness casts a moan….

These purblind Doomsters had as readily strown

Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain.

--Thomas Hardy (1866)

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