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DISTANT MUSIC

 

 

 Our songs went up and out the chimney,
And roused the home-gone husbandmen;
Our allemands, our heys, poussettings,
Our hands-across and back again,
Sent rhythmic throbbings through the casements
On to the white highway,
Where nighted farers paused and muttered,
"Keep it up well, do they!"

The contrabasso's measured booming
Sped at each bar to the parish bounds,
To shepherds at their midnight lambings,
To stealthy poachers on their rounds;
And everybody caught full duly
The notes of our delight,
As Time unrobed the Youth of Promise
Hailed by our sanguine sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musicians of Mellstock Choir - Hardy Players 1910 DCM © 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISTANT MUSIC

 

 

 Our songs went up and out the chimney,
And roused the home-gone husbandmen;
Our allemands, our heys, poussettings,
Our hands-across and back again,
Sent rhythmic throbbings through the casements
On to the white highway,
Where nighted farers paused and muttered,
"Keep it up well, do they!"

The contrabasso's measured booming
Sped at each bar to the parish bounds,
To shepherds at their midnight lambings,
To stealthy poachers on their rounds;
And everybody caught full duly
The notes of our delight,
As Time unrobed the Youth of Promise
Hailed by our sanguine sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musicians of Mellstock Choir - Hardy Players 1910 DCM © 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

comments (17)

What a learned distinguished looking gentleman, a fine portrait.
Chris: Much obliged to you Frank, this is me posing at Thomas Hardy's desk
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jan 2017, 00:34
Maestro pens Vol. 4 of his Memoirs...
Chris: Yet another masterpiece conceived..
... what Frank said... smile
Chris: Thank you Ellie
Sitting in your hero's chair? Old Tommy Hardy was a dab hand with wordage.
Chris: He could rite a pome or two Chad
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jan 2017, 06:38
Oh, Thomas Hardy is looking at us! A very nice image!
Chris: I am obliged to you Philine
You definitely look the part, Chris!
Chris: I felt it at the time Ginnie
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 07:41
This is uncanny!
Chris: You think so Lisl! If so I'm obviously pleased..
We are in Hardy Country and you are sat at the great man's desk. You are looking suitably sober
Chris: I am always sober

This was taken in his office at Max Gate
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:19
I'm impressed ...
Chris: Oh really!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:26
Clearly a man of letters, lovely thoughtful self portrait Chris.
Chris: Me being serious Mike, sometimes this happens..
What a poem and an exquisite portrait! Way to start a new year!
Chris: Yes that is what I hoped for Mary
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jan 2017, 10:40
A distinguished poet at his desk. And an exquisite example of his labours. Not to mention that the photographer in this instance can really ply his/her trade.
Chris: The picture was taken by Lady K but I did all the posing on my own
It is a very good portrait of your very good self Chris, even if you did pinch somebody else's desk!
Chris: Yes that was important Brian
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Jan 2017, 14:16
Are you brooding over your next novel.... I hear that 'Far from the Madding Crowd' was quite the success....
I know you don't like crowds, what about 'Further from the Madding Crowd'....
I do love your looks smile
Chris: Hahaha - you know me well, I have the same opinion of crowds as Master Rolfe of Scumsville Sur Mer

I think you perhaps love my expression rather than my looks Astid, an important didtinction
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Jan 2017, 17:10
You look very distinguished. Are you about to write your next treatise - "The Joys of the Bacon Sandwich" perhaps?
Chris: This book has already been written, several volumes, in fact, by W J Phillips (no relation) of that classic Midlands village of Brinington on Breakfast
I like the pic and the poem...
great shot for the back cover of a novel.

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