The Convergence of the Twain
Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (London: Macmillan and Co., 1932): 288-89. PR 4741 F32 Robarts Library.
2 Deep from human vanity,
3And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.
II4 Steel chambers, late the pyres
5 Of her salamandrine fires,
III7 Over the mirrors meant
8 To glass the opulent
9The sea-worm crawls -- grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.
IV10 Jewels in joy designed
11 To ravish the sensuous mind
12Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind.
V13 Dim moon-eyed fishes near
14 Gaze at the gilded gear
15And query: "What does this vaingloriousness down here?" ...
VI16 Well: while was fashioning
17 This creature of cleaving wing,
18The Immanent Will that stirs and urges everything
VII19 Prepared a sinister mate
20 For her -- so gaily great --
21A Shape of Ice, for the time far and dissociate.
VIII22 And as the smart ship grew
23 In stature, grace, and hue,
24In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
IX25 Alien they seemed to be;
26 No mortal eye could see
27The intimate welding of their later history,
X28 Or sign that they were bent
29 By paths coincident
30On being anon twin halves of one august event,
XI31 Till the Spinner of the Years
32 Said "Now!" And each one hears,
33And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.
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Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries with Miscellaneous Pieces (London: Macmillan, 1915): 9-11. PR 4750 S3 1914 Robarts Library
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