Poetry in Motion
A Broken Appointment (an excerpt)Thomas Hardy
A Broken Appointment (an excerpt)
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.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).
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