A Broken Appointment

You did not comeAnd marching Time drew on and wore me numb— Yet less for loss of your dear presence thereThan that I thus found lacking in your make That high compassion which can overbearReluctance for pure lovingkindness’ sake Grieved I when as the hope-hour stroked itssum You did not come.

You love not meAnd love alone can lend you loyalty; –I know and knew it.

But unto the storeOf human deeds divine in all but name Was it not worth a little hour or moreTo add yet this: Once you a woman came To soothe a time-torn man; even though itbe You love not me? A Broken Appointment – written by Thomas Hardy.

Narrated by Jordan Harling.

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