British poet and novelist Thomas Hardy stopped writing novels after Jude the Obscure (1895) and focused his attention on poetry. Shown below is a draft of one of his more famous poems, here entitled "By the Century's Deathbed" but better known as "The Darkling Thrush." In this draft, probably written ca. 1899-1900, Hardy's choice of words differs considerably from the final published version of the poem, especially in the first and third stanzas. For the text of the published poem, seethis version from the Academy of American Poets.
The poem first appeared as "By the Century’s Deathbed" in the London Graphic on Dec. 29, 1900. It was later collected in Poems of the Past and Present(Harper, 1901) as '"The Darkling Thrush."
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