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First Line: There is a star that cheers our way
Last Line: A thing all sad and desolate!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism

There is a star that cheers our way
Along this dreary world of wo,
That tips with light the waves of life,
However bitterly they flow.

'Tis Hope! 'tis Hope! that blessed star:
Which peers through Misery's darkest cloud;
And only sets where Death has brought
The pall, the tombstone, and the shroud.

But, ah! to look upon the dead,
And know they ne'er can wake again;
To lose the one we love the best:
Oh! God! it sears the breast and brain.

Then, then, the human heart will groan,
And pine beneath the stroke of Fate;
'Twill break, to find itself alone,
A thing all sad and desolate!

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