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THE FORSAKEN

          THE peace which others seek they find;
          The heaviest storms not longest last;
          Heaven grants even to the guiltiest mind
          An amnesty for what is past;
          When will my sentence be reversed?
          I only pray to know the worst;
          And wish as if my heart would burst.

          O weary struggle! silent years
          Tell seemingly no doubtful tale;
          And yet they leave it short, and fears                      10
          And hopes are strong and will prevail.
          My calmest faith escapes not pain;
          And, feeling that the hope is vain,
          I think that he will come again.
                                                              1804.


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