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- v. To despair; to experience reduced morale.
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The wild columbine loses its airy grace, and stands up stiff and still in a large family clump; the wind-flower thinks life not worth the having; the little wood violets lose heart when confronted with "czar" and "king," and dwindle and wish themselves at home.
Therefore if you occasionally lapse into sin, do not lose heart and cease trying to advance, for God will draw good even out of our falls, like the merchant who sells theriac, who first takes poison, then the theriac, to prove the power of his elixir.