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Mute Opinion

Written by: Thomas Hardy | Biography
 | Quotes (33) |
 I 

I traversed a dominion 
Whose spokesmen spake out strong 
Their purpose and opinion 
Through pulpit, press, and song. 
I scarce had means to note there 
A large-eyed few, and dumb, 
Who thought not as those thought there 
That stirred the heat and hum. 

II 

When, grown a Shade, beholding 
That land in lifetime trode, 
To learn if its unfolding 
Fulfilled its clamoured code, 
I saw, in web unbroken, 
Its history outwrought 
Not as the loud had spoken, 
But as the mute had thought.



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