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

  • (10/1/2018 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Petals Azureblue (10/1/2018 1:59:00 AM)


    Let there be truth at last,
    Even if despair

    Did he delay asking the burning question for fear of rejection. But now he wants to know for true even if it might be hurtful. Beautiful poem of love...it seems in later life
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/1/2018 12:49:00 AM)


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

  • (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

  • (5/3/2018 11:30:00 PM)


    Such a beautiful wrrting I love it (Report) Reply

  • 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

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


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

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


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

  • (11/14/2015 12:53:00 PM)


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

  • (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

  • (7/27/2013 3:18:00 PM)


    few understand the frailties of humankind so plainly nor forgive them so elegantly as thomas hardy. i love this guy. (Report) Reply

  • (10/9/2011 7:31:00 PM)


    Love is what he is missing in the spoken word from his fair damsel (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2008 5:31:00 PM)


    Thomas Hardy's prose shows his familiarity with the depth of despair, and the reasons for it. This poem shows his willingness to hope. I like him better knowing that he wrote such poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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