Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces

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Author: Thomas Hardy

II
IN CHURCH

"And now to God the Father," he ends,
And his voice thrills up to the topmost tiles:
Each listener chokes as he bows and bends,
And emotion pervades the crowded aisles.
Then the preacher glides to the vestry-door,
And shuts it, and thinks he is seen no more.

The door swings softly ajar meanwhile,
And a pupil of his in the Bible class,
Who adores him as one without gloss or guile,
Sees her idol stand with a satisfied smile
And re-enact at the vestry-glass
Each pulpit gesture in deft dumb-show
That had moved the congregation so.

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Chicago: Thomas Hardy, "II in Church," Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UF3PTCL4K1U5Z1.

MLA: Hardy, Thomas. "II in Church." Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UF3PTCL4K1U5Z1.

Harvard: Hardy, T, 'II in Church' in Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries With Miscellaneous Pieces, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UF3PTCL4K1U5Z1.