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by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)

In the Restaurant
Language: English 
'But hear. If you stay, and the child be born,
It will pass as your husband's with the rest,
While, if we fly, the teeth of scorn
Will be gleaming at us from east to west;
And the child will come as a life despised;
I feel an elopement is ill-advised!'

'O you realise not what it is, my dear,
To a woman! Daily and hourly alarms
Lest the truth should out. How can I stay here
And nightly take him into my arms!
Come to the child no name or fame,
Let us go, and face it, and bear the shame.'

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Researcher for this text: Iain Sneddon [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-10-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 102