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Poem Title:  He Never Expected Much

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  Thomas Hardy

Poet Biography: 
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928. Regarded by many as one of Englands finest poets and novelists (with his most famous novel being Tess of the d'Urbervilles)



Poem: 
Well, World, you have kept faith with me,
Kept faith with me;
Upon the whole you have proved to be
Much as you said you were.
Since as a child I used to lie
Upon the leaze and watch the sky,
Never, I own, expected I
That life would all be fair.

'Twas then you said, and since have said,
Times since have said,
In that mysterious voice you shed
From clouds and hills around:
`Many have loved me desperately,
Many with smooth serenity,
While some have shown contempt of me
Till they dropped underground.

`I do not promise overmuch,
Child; overmuch;
Just neutral-tinted haps and such,'
You said to minds like mine.
Wise warning for your credit's sake!
Which I for one failed not to take,
And hence could stem such strain and ache
As each year might assign.


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