Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AN AUGUST MIDNIGHT, by THOMAS HARDY



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AN AUGUST MIDNIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A shaded lamp and a waving blind
Last Line: They know earth-secrets that know not I.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


I

A SHADED lamp and a waving blind,
And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
On this scene enter - winged, horned, and spined -
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While 'mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands ...

II

Thus meet we five, in this still place,
At this point of time, at this point in space.
- My guests besmear my new-penned line,
Or bang at the lamp and fall supine.
'God's humblest, they!' I muse. Yet why?
They know Earth-secrets that know not I.





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