Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HIS IMMORTALITY, by THOMAS HARDY

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First Line: I saw a dead man's finer part
Last Line: Dying amid the dark.
Subject(s): Immortality


I SAW a dead man's finer part
Shining within each faithful heart
Of those bereft. Then said I: 'This must be
His immortality.'


I looked there as the seasons wore,
And still his soul continuously bore
A life in theirs. But less its shine excelled
Than when I first beheld.


His fellow-yearsmen passed, and then
In later hearts I looked for him again;
And found him - shrunk, alas! into a thin
And spectral mannikin.


Lastly I ask - now old and chill -
If aught of him remain unperished still;
And find, in me alone, a feeble spark,
Dying amid the dark.

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