HARDY, THOMAS (1840-1928)
AUTOGRAPH TRANSCRIPT BY HARDY OF A POEM BY GEOFFREY CLARK, 'A FLATTERING ILLUSION', eight lines in two four-line stanzas, with bibliographical details, 1 page, small octavo, not dated
I thank you for the flowers you sent, she said.
And then she pouted, blushed, & drooped her head.
Forgive me for the words I shoke last night;
The flowers have sweetly proved that you are right...
As a footnote Hardy wrote: 'Geoffrey Clark. (It appeared orig[inal]ly in Kottabos, the old T[rinity] C[ollege] D[ublin] magazine, & was reprinted in "Echoes from Kottabos," reviewed in Academy of Feb 2 (07)) Academy 25.5.07.' He added in square brackets and in pencil: '[Good, except title, wh[ich] gives it away]'.