Today

By Thomas Carlyle 1795–1881 Thomas Carlyle
So here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.

Out of Eternity
This new Day is born;
Into Eternity,
At night, will return.

Behold it aforetime
No eye ever did:
So soon it forever
From all eyes is hid.

Here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.

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Poet Thomas Carlyle 1795–1881

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Time & Brevity, Living

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

 Thomas  Carlyle

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Thomas Carlyle was an extremely long-lived Victorian author. He was also highly controversial, variously regarded as sage and impious, a moral leader, a moral desperado, a radical, a conservative, a Christian. Contradictions were rampant in the works of early biographers, and in the later twentieth century he is still far from being understood by a generation of critics awakening to his pivotal place in nineteenth-century . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Living

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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