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First Line: Despair is a cowardly thing
Last Line: And never,—no, never despair.
Subject(s): Despair

DESPAIR is a cowardly thing,
And the spirit, suggesting it, bad;
In spite of my sins I will sing,
That "Mercy is still to be had."

For He that has shewn it so far
As to give me a sensible heart,
How heinous soever they are,
Delights in the merciful part.

By affliction, so heavy to bear,
He searches the wound He would cure:
'Tis his to be kindly severe,
'Tis mine, by his grace, to endure.

O! comfort thyself in His love,
Poor sinful and sorrowful soul!
Who came, and still comes, from above,
To the sick that would fain be made whole:

Who said, and continues to say,
In the deep of a penitent breast,
"Come, sinner, to me come away;
"I'll meet thee, and bring thee to rest."

A refusal to come is absurd;
I'll put myself under his care;
I'll believe his infallible word,
And never,—no, never despair.

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