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  I Will Not Despair  


I will not despair while thou rulest the storm,
    Though the red lightning stream o'er the cloud's sable-breast,
For I catch through the darkness bright gleams of thy form,
    And I know 'tis thy voice lulls the tempest to rest--
                The wild tempest to rest:
Nor yet, though the shadows of deepening night,
    Hang over my path like the pall of despair;
For one star through the gloom sends its hallowed light,
    And I know 'tis thy love smiling tenderly there,
                --Ah! tenderly there.

I will not despair, though the fountain that burst
    For me in life's desert be wasted and dry;
For thy love was the fountain that cheered me at first,
    And again to its life-giving waters I fly--
                O Holiest, fly!
No; I will not despair while thy hand points me on,
    Though flowerless and thorny the path where I roam.
For a calm sunlight rests on the far hills beyond,
    And I know 'tis the radiance that streams from my home,
                --Home, beautiful home!

       - Mrs. J. C. Yule

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