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First Line: Far, far I've strayed me in the long endeavor
Last Line: And just ahead, my home.
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Roads; Truth; Youth; Valor; Bravery; Optimism; Paths; Trails

FAR, far I've strayed me in the long endeavor
To find the way of Truth;
All unfamiliar grow the paths, and ever
I lose the step of youth,

Until it seems I am foredoomed to wander
In fruitless, weary quest,
While strength and time and hope I do but squander,
Seeking the final rest.

Sometimes poor mortals, forest-bound, have plodded
Along an unblazed trail,
And felt strange fears and seen weird shapes embodied,
That made their courage fail;

Then suddenly have found they circled blindly,
And were not far astray,
Led by some hand invisible but kindly
Into a wonted way.

So, haply, I, sore spent with ceaseless trying,
Too tired to longer roam,
May sudden see the path before me lying,
And just ahead, my home.

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