"I Said To Love"

I said to Love,
"It is not now as in old days
When men adored thee and thy ways
   All else above;
Named thee the Boy, the Bright, the One
Who spread a heaven beneath the sun,"
   I said to Love.

   I said to him,
"We now know more of thee than then;
We were but weak in judgment when,
   With hearts abrim,
We clamoured thee that thou would'st please
Inflict on us thine agonies,"
   I said to him.

   I said to Love,
"Thou art not young, thou art not fair,
No faery darts, no cherub air,
   Nor swan, nor dove
Are thine; but features pitiless,
And iron daggers of distress,"
   I said to Love.

   "Depart then, Love! . . .
- Man's race shall end, dost threaten thou?
The age to come the man of now
   Know nothing of? -
We fear not such a threat from thee;
We are too old in apathy!
Mankind shall cease.--So let it be,"
   I said to Love.

by Thomas Hardy

Comments (24)

ahh but to love thy heart is to love thee fully. I am in aww of this amazing writer and poet whom I studied for years while I too have written much..
A notated novelist Hardy who has shown his wisdom in this poem is a wonder to read this poem that spreads the message of love to the world!
Love is blind...... They call for love..nice poem.
The age to come the man of now know nothing of? wonderful poem.
Love undoubtedly spreads a heaven under the sun however stoutly we may deny it. However coming back to the poem, though Hardy speaks on behalf of humanity, his words are relevant to those who have met disappointment in love. Any way this is a lovely poem on love that reinforces the fact that love though is a sweetie it has in it the potential to make us teary.
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