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Her Late Husband (Kings-Hintock 182-.)

Written by: Thomas Hardy | Biography
 | Quotes (33) |
 "No--not where I shall make my own; 
 But dig his grave just by 
The woman's with the initialed stone - 
 As near as he can lie - 
After whose death he seemed to ail, 
 Though none considered why. 

"And when I also claim a nook, 
 And your feet tread me in, 
Bestow me, under my old name, 
 Among my kith and kin, 
That strangers gazing may not dream 
 I did a husband win." 

"Widow, your wish shall be obeyed; 
 Though, thought I, certainly 
You'd lay him where your folk are laid, 
 And your grave, too, will be, 
As custom hath it; you to right, 
 And on the left hand he." 

"Aye, sexton; such the Hintock rule, 
 And none has said it nay; 
But now it haps a native here 
 Eschews that ancient way . . . 
And it may be, some Christmas night, 
 When angels walk, they'll say: 

"'O strange interment! Civilized lands 
 Afford few types thereof; 
Here is a man who takes his rest 
 Beside his very Love, 
Beside the one who was his wife 
 In our sight up above!'"