"It is a foolish thing," said I, "To bear with such, and pass it by; Yet so I do, I know not why!" And at each clash I would surmise That if I had acted otherwise I might have saved me many sighs. But now the only happiness In looking back that I possess - Whose lack would leave me comfortless - Is to remember I refrained From masteries I might have gained, And for my tolerance was disdained; For see, a tomb. And if it were I had bent and broke, I should not dare To linger in the shadows there."
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "Tolerance", appears in Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries with Miscellaneous Pieces, first published 1914 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Robin Humphrey Milford (1903 - 1959), "Tolerance", published 1939 [soprano or tenor and piano], from Four Hardy Songs [ sung text not verified ]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2008-01-19
Line count: 15
Word count: 102