The Voice

Original Text: 
Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (London: Macmillan and Co., 1932): 325-26. PR 4741 F32 Robarts Library.
2Saying that now you are not as you were
3When you had changed from the one who was all to me,
4But as at first, when our day was fair.
5Can it be you that I hear? Let me view you, then,
6Standing as when I drew near to the town
7Where you would wait for me: yes, as I knew you then,
8Even to the original air-blue gown!
9Or is it only the breeze, in its listlessness
12Heard no more again far or near?
13Thus I; faltering forward,
14Leaves around me falling,
16And the woman calling.


1] On Thomas Hardy's first wife. The 1914 edition has the date "December 1912." at the end of the poem. Back to Line
10] mead: meadow. Back to Line
11] dissolved to wan wistlessness: "consigned to existlessness" in 1914. Back to Line
15] norward,: "norward" in 1914. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries with Miscellaneous Pieces (London: Macmillan, 1915): 109. PR 4750 S3 1914 Robarts Library
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.