Thomas Hardy

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

"Between Us Now" - Poem by Thomas Hardy

Between us now and here -
   Two thrown together
Who are not wont to wear
   Life's flushest feather -
Who see the scenes slide past,
The daytimes dimming fast,
Let there be truth at last,
   Even if despair.

So thoroughly and long
   Have you now known me,
So real in faith and strong
   Have I now shown me,
That nothing needs disguise
Further in any wise,
Or asks or justifies
   A guarded tongue.

Face unto face, then, say,
   Eyes mine own meeting,
Is your heart far away,
   Or with mine beating?
When false things are brought low,
And swift things have grown slow,
Feigning like froth shall go,
   Faith be for aye.


Comments about "Between Us Now" by Thomas Hardy

  • (10/1/2019 8:28:00 PM)

    Between here and now,
    Why must it the realms of relationship still in hiding,
    From one of the greatest writer poet of English literature read it
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/1/2019 10:34:00 AM)

    'So thoroughly and long
    Have you now known me,
    So real in faith and strong
    Have I now shown me, '.. are nice lines from one of my favorite poets. enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Jez Brul (10/1/2019 9:01:00 AM)

    When love goes deeper...the distance becomes closer no matter how far...emotions are felt and you cannot disguise because you are always felt..always seen, always understood. (Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley Egbukole (10/1/2019 7:21:00 AM)

    Beautiful articulated. I love it (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (10/1/2019 7:03:00 AM)

    Face unto face, then, say,
    Eyes mine own meeting,
    Is your heart far away,
    Or with mine beating? a very fine poem of Thomas Hardy. tony
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  • Ramesh T A (10/1/2019 2:04:00 AM)

    Great novelist Thomas Hardy expresses his essence of experience in this poem as in his special field! (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (10/1/2019 12:38:00 AM)

    Any one married for some time can easily relate to the poet's beautiful lines.
    One should note the meticulous construction and order of rhymes and rhyme-less lines.
    Lovely
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  • (10/1/2018 9:32:00 PM)

    daring her to say what he sees (Report)Reply

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  • (10/1/2018 2:11:00 PM)

    so much of questions and yearning to know the answers of the heart... so beautiful. Love your poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (10/1/2018 7:37:00 AM)

    I relate to this. I have someone in mind who, understandably from past hurts, is guarded with me though I myself have been transparent with her, given her no reason to be. So I wait. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/1/2018 6:26:00 AM)

    Swift things! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (10/1/2018 2:04:00 AM)

    Face unto face, then, say,
    Eyes mine own meeting,
    // And heart, body, soul everything is mine on own meeting between two poles of us to be merged right now!
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/1/2018 12:49:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Thomas Hardy.................. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/11/2018 4:40:00 AM)

    Hardy can be a difficult poet at times, but this one offers no problems. What you read is what you get, nothing else (Report)Reply

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  • (5/3/2018 11:30:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful wrrting I love it (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (12/5/2017 3:52:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful poem! I feel to recite two magnificent opening lines again and again...Between us now and here/Two thrown together.. Majestic expression! (Report)Reply

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (11/28/2017 5:25:00 PM)

    Feelings and thoughts are well penned. Nice piece of art. (Report)Reply

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  • Ekerendu M Ezekiel (7/3/2016 2:44:00 PM)

    I can sensë what great pain he felt for his loss (Report)Reply

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  • (11/14/2015 12:53:00 PM)

    ............extraordinary write...penned very nicely ★ (Report)Reply

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  • (2/20/2014 6:00:00 PM)

    Others, like myself, who are not familiar with British dialect may not have understood the last line of this poem. The OED, however, gives the clue which is that aye also spelt as ay but rhyming with may or say means ever. So, in this line FAITH BE FOR AYE means FAITH BE FOR EVER. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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