Despair
Kokil, Age 15, Hyderabad, AP, India
                      Despair, I have felt thee on mountain-tops high:
A note in the wind, saying sadness is nigh.
The day it had dawned, and the morning was new,
But I shrank from thy shadow, and fled through the dew.
The light has beguiled me for many a day:
Despair, take my hand now, and lead me away.

Despair, I have known thee on roads that wind on:
I walked by thy side, when all others were gone.
Thy tread fell with mine over grass, over stone,
And I knew in my heart, that I was not alone.
Too long have I wandered, too long been astray:
Despair, take my hand now, and lead me away.

Despair, I have fought thee when darkness did fall:
I stopped up my ears, and I heard not thy call.
I shut my gates to thee; my lamp I did light:
The flame, it did flicker and die in the night.
I have not the strength now, to keep thee at bay:
Despair, take my hand now, and lead me away.
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