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Poem by Mathilde Blind


Despair


Thy wings swoop darkening round my soul, Despair!
And on my brain thy shadow seems to brood
And hem me round with stifling solitude,
With chasms of vacuous bloom which are thy lair.
No light of human joy, no song or prayer,
Breaks ever on this chaos, all imbrued
With heart's-blood trickling from the multitude
Of sweet hopes slain, or agonising there.

Lo, wilt thou yield thyself to grief, and roll
Vanquished from thy high seat, imperial brain,
And abdicating turbulent life's control,
Be dragged a captive bound in sorrow's chain?
Nay! though my heart is breaking with its pain,
No pain on earth has power to crush my soul.



Mathilde Blind


Mathilde Blind's other poems:
  1. Mourning Women
  2. The Hunter's Moon
  3. The Desert
  4. Perfect Union
  5. On a Forsaken Lark's Nest


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Despair ("I have experienc'd")
  • George Crabbe Despair ("Begin, my Tyrsis; songs shall sooth our cares")
  • Madison Cawein Despair ("Shut in with phantoms of life's hollow hopes")
  • Mary Hobson Despair ("I hate this page")
  • Ada Cambridge (Cross) Despair ("Alone! Alone! No beacon, far or near!")

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