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First Line: I'm covered with countless contusions
Last Line: And know in my heart I am right.
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed

I'm covered with countless contusions,
I'm bruised and I'm battered and hurt
Where facts have bumped into illusions
And knocked me about in the dirt.
Yet, spite of these countless collisions
In which, to the Realist's view,
The facts get the best of the visions,
I go on believing them true.

I've suffered a deal of deceiving,
I've had my faith often betrayed,
And yet I will go on believing,
My faith remains still unafraid.
And though I seem blind and mistaken
To those whom realities rule,
I hold to my visions unshaken—
I'll go right on being a fool!

By cold heavy fact I am battered,
By ugly, material things,
But somehow my soul is unshattered,
My spirit still flies upon wings.
Though life and its wounds set me grieving
And put my illusions to flight
I still shall go right on believing
And know in my heart I am right.

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