Hap By Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me.
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting!”

Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;
Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I
Had willed and meted me the tears I shed.

But not so. How arrives it joy lies slain,
And why unblooms the best hope ever sown?
Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,
And dicing Time for gladness casts a moan….
These purblind Doomsters had a readily strown
Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain.

Clench : squeeze tightly
Obstructs : hinders
Moan : lament
THOMAS HARDY

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