In 1870 the famous British novelist, short story writer, and poet Thomas Hardy was sent to plan a church restoration at St Juliot. There he met Emma Gifford, sister-in-law of the vicar of St Juliot. She encouraged him in his writing, and they were married in 1874. After Emma Hardy died in November 1912 and was buried in Stinsford churchyard, Thomas was stricken with guilt and remorse, but the result was some of his best poetry, expressing his feelings for his wife of 38 years.
From Satires of Circumstance, Thomas Hardy's 1914 book of poems about Emma.
- I found her out there
- On a slope few see,
- That falls westwardly
- To the salt-edged air,
- Where the ocean breaks
- On the purple strand,
- And the hurricane shakes
- The solid land.
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