In five-score summers! All new eyes,
New minds, new modes, new fools, new wise;
New woes to weep, new joys to prize;

With nothing left of me and you
In that live century's vivid view
Beyond a pinch of dust or two;

A century which, if not sublime,
Will show, I doubt not, at its prime,
A scope above this blinkered time.

- Yet what to me how far above?
For I would only ask thereof
That thy worm should be my worm, Love!


1 comment:

Gareth Calway said...

I've just read this for the first time in an Everyman collection of Hardy. That's a great pic to go with it. Maybe add Victoria in a crinoline to really bring out the gulf of that five score summers!