Quotation by Thomas Hardy

Yet I would bear my shortcomings
With meet tranquility,
But for the charge that blessed things
I'd liefer not have be.
O, doth a bird deprived of wings
Go earth-bound wilfully!
Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), British novelist, poet. The Impercipient (l. 25–30). . .

The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmillan.
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