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His Immortality

Written by: Thomas Hardy | Biography
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 I saw a dead man's finer part 
Shining within each faithful heart 
Of those bereft. Then said I: "This must be 
 His immortality." 


 I looked there as the seasons wore, 
And still his soul continuously upbore 
Its life in theirs. But less its shine excelled 
 Than when I first beheld. 


 His fellow-yearsmen passed, and then 
In later hearts I looked for him again; 
And found him--shrunk, alas! into a thin 
 And spectral mannikin. 


 Lastly I ask--now old and chill - 
If aught of him remain unperished still; 
And find, in me alone, a feeble spark, 
 Dying amid the dark.