Thomas Hardy Poems
|321.||The Darkling Thrush||12/31/2002|
|322.||"How Great My Grief" (Triolet)||1/4/2003|
|323.||I Need Not Go||1/4/2003|
|324.||"Between Us Now"||1/4/2003|
|325.||A Broken Appointment||1/3/2003|
|326.||"I Said To Love"||1/4/2003|
"Between Us Now"
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, ...
A dream of mine flew over the mead
To the halls where my old Love reigns;
And it drew me on to follow its lead:
And I stood at her window-panes;
And I saw but a thing of flesh and bone
Speeding on to its cleft in the clay;
And my dream was scared, and expired on a moan,
And I whitely hastened away.