"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.

by Thomas Hardy

Comments (8)

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!
Feelings and thoughts are well penned. Nice piece of art.
I can sensë what great pain he felt for his loss
............extraordinary write...penned very nicely ★
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.
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