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Poem Title:  A Broken Appointment

Poem Category:  Love Poems

Poet:  Thomas Hardy

Poet Biography: 
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928. Regarded by many as one of Englands finest poets and novelists (with his most famous novel being Tess of the d'Urbervilles)



Poem: 
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.

You love me not,
And love alone can lend you loyalty;
-I know and knew it. But, unto the store
Of human deeds divine in all but name,
Was it not worth a little hour or more
To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came
To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be
You love me not.


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