Because he used to play the fiddle at country dances and weddings when he was a boy, it’s not surprising that some of Hardy’s poems — ‘Timing Her’ for example — are written ‘to an old folk-tune’. There is a tune behind ‘Dead “Wessex” the Dog to the Household’ which is sung by the ghost of his favourite dog:
Do you think of me at all, Wistful ones? Do you think of me at all As if nigh? Do you think of me at all At the creep of evenfall, Or when the sky-birds call As they fly?
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© Tom Paulin 1986