Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HEREDITY, by THOMAS HARDY

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First Line: I am the family face
Last Line: That heeds no call to die.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Life Change Events; Heritage; Heredity

I AM the family face;
Flesh perishes, I live on,
Projecting trait and trace
Through time to times anon,
And leaping from place to place
Over oblivion.

The years-heired feature that can
In curve and voice and eye
Despise the human span
Of durance - that is I;
The eternal thing in man,
That heeds no call to die.

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