Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses

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Author: Thomas Hardy

The Head Above the Fog

Something do I see
Above the fog that sheets the mead,
A figure like to life indeed,
Moving along with spectre-speed,
Seen by none but me.

O the vision keen! -
Tripping along to me for love
As in the flesh it used to move,
Only its hat and plume above
The evening fog-fleece seen.

In the day-fall wan,
When nighted birds break off their song,
Mere ghostly head it skims along,
Just as it did when warm and strong,
Body seeming gone.

Such it is I see
Above the fog that sheets the mead -
Yea, that which once could breathe and plead! -
Skimming along with spectre-speed
To a last tryst with me.

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Chicago: Thomas Hardy, "The Head Above the Fog," Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed July 22, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=HCX5F3IK8APQ4IY.

MLA: Hardy, Thomas. "The Head Above the Fog." Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 22 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=HCX5F3IK8APQ4IY.

Harvard: Hardy, T, 'The Head Above the Fog' in Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=HCX5F3IK8APQ4IY.