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    Thomas Hardy - Broken Appointment


    by poetictouch

    Thomas Hardy - Broken Appointment - Read by Dylan Thomas

    Broken Appointment
    by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

    You did not come,
    And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb. —
    Yet less for loss of your dear presence there
    Than that I thus found lacking in your make
    That high compassion which can overbear
    Reluctance for pure lovingkindness' sake
    Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroked its sum,
    You did not come.

    You love not me,
    And love alone can lend you loyalty;
    — I know and knew it. But, unto the store
    Of human deeds divine in all but name,
    Was it not worth a little hour or more
    To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came
    To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be
    You love not me?