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

A Broken Appointment

Poem By Thomas Hardy

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 not me,
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 not me.

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A very well constructed, patterned love poem.He admits that he, an older man, loved a younger woman but he was stood up. 'You did not come'.
A touching poem of disappointment from a loved one.
Marvelous picturization of the longing and state of mind of a one sided love while waiting for a look at the beloved hoping she will turn up and keep the unsolicited appointment.
I recommend Hardy's novel " Jude The Obscure" IF you like/don't mind depressing circumstances. A PH friend suggested i read it and i did, several years ago. bri :)
She probably had an automobile accident; well a horse and carriage accident in Hardy's days perhaps. She's ONLY a woman! ! ! What did you expect? ! ! bri :)))))))))))