Thomas Hardy

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

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"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,
   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.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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  • Tom Landino (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

  • Robert Puglia (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

  • Kentucky Refugee (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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