You can read the poem "Maud Muller" and hear it read by clicking here.
There's a Hudson connection to the Maud Muller story. Bret Harte, who lived in Hudson in his early childhood when his father was the principal of Hudson Academy and who returned to Hudson as an adult to read his stories and poems at the Hudson Opera House, wrote a sequel and parody of "Maud Muller" called "Mrs. Judge Jenkins." In the poem, the two marry. Maud's relatives get drunk at the wedding, Maud grows "broad and red and stout" after giving birth to twins, and the judge wishes his twin sons "looked less like the men who raked the hay on Muller's farm." Harte's poem ends:
For Maud soon thought the Judge a bore,
With all his learning and all his lore;
And the Judge would have bartered Maud's fair face
For more refinement and social grace.
If, of all words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are, "It might have been,"
More sad are these we daily see:
"It is, but hadn't ought to be."
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