Thomas Hardy


And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.
Isaiah XXXIII. 6. 

I looked; and thought, “All is too gray and cold
To wake my place-enthusiasms of old!"
Till a voice passed: "Behind that granite mien
Lurks the imposing beauty of a Queen."
I looked anew; and saw the radiant form
Of Her who soothes in stress, who steers in storm;
On the grave influence of whose eyes sublime
Men count for the stability of the time.