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3Despondency

So very long I have waited for sweet tones and greetings, one happy sound.

Now I despond: not a hum, no ringing, only mists drift away, and they abound.

What in secret sang from a dark hiding-place, you, sadness, now sweeten my dragging pace.

4As Ever

The lamp is still there, the table is also there, and I am in the room; and my longing, I fear, still sighs, as ever.

Cowardice, are you still there? And, lie, you too? A dark ‘yes’ I hear: misery is still there, in the room I persevere as ever.

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