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To Outer Nature

 SHOW thee as I thought thee
When I early sought thee,
All undoubting
Love alone had wrought thee--

Wrought thee for my pleasure,
Planned thee as a measure
For expounding
And resounding
Glad things that men treasure.
O for but a moment Of that old endowment-- Light to gaily See thy daily Iris?d embowment! But such readorning Time forbids with scorning-- Makes me see things Cease to be things They were in my morning.
Fad'st thou, glow-forsaken, Darkness-overtaken! Thy first sweetness, Radiance, meetness, None shall reawaken.
Why not sempiternal Thou and I? Our vernal Brightness keeping, Time outleaping; Passed the hodiernal!

Poem by Thomas Hardy
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