Do Not Gloat Over Me, My Enemy

His face, so terrified!
Terrified because of me.
Because of my pride and desire
He flees from me, as if I were the enemy;
For I am!
I swore an oath to protect him,
But I have brought only harm;
Fellowship is broken.

My enemy has triumphed!
I have fallen into darkness;
I will never see the light again.

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though hope is gone, and friends turn away,
I will return, and bear the consequences of my sin.

His face, so disappointed!
Disappointed because of me.
Because I fell short and gave in to temptation
My captain turns from me, as if he were angry;
As he should be!
I have failed him
Who should have had my fealty;
Now honor is broken.

My enemy has triumphed;
I must fall into darkness!
I do not deserve to see the light again.

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
My pride is purged, and I stand in humility;
I will atone for what I have done; I will pay for my failing.

His face, so bewildered!
Bewildered because of me,
Because of my wounding, the arrow out of nowhere.
He cannot believe it; he thought me indestructible,
But I am not.
I cursed them to death and darkness,
Now the curse falls upon me.
My heart is broken!

The enemy has triumphed;
I begin the fall into darkness.
If only I could see the light again!

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though my blood is flowing, and my breath catches,
I will not surrender, while a little strength remains.

His face, so stricken!
Stricken because of me.
Because he feels helpless, his small sword insufficient,
He thinks he has been the death of me;
But he has not!
I am to blame; but perhaps in their saving,
I may yet find redemption,
Though my body is broken.

My enemy has not yet triumphed!
Before I fall into darkness,
I will turn and grasp at the light again.

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Death cannot claim me, my task is unfinished;
I will fight on, my little ones need me!

His face, so exultant!
Exultant because of me,
Because he thinks his triumph is complete.
I kneel before him, as if I were his servant,
But I am not!
Even as death approaches,
I will not bow my head,
Though hope is broken.

For my enemy has triumphed!
I have failed; must I fall into darkness?
Please...let me see the light again!

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though you have wounded me, and my sight darkens,
I will not submit to you, while life and honor remain!

His face, so sorrowful!
Sorrowful because of me,
Because he knows it is over.
We had argued as if we were enemies,
But we are not!
In his eyes, love and respect;
Hope returns with his promise.
I am no longer broken!

My enemy cannot triumph,
For though I fell towards the darkness,
I am in bondage no longer! I see the light again!

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise!
My king is here, he will see them protected;
I will go in peace, and leave him to see the task done.

His face, so peaceful!
Peaceful because of me,
Because he knows I will do it.
He laid this task on me as if I had acknowledged my blood;
For I have!
I made him a promise;
I go now to fulfill it!
The tie between us will never be broken.

He has triumphed
For in the end, he cheated the darkness;
Together, we saw the light again.

Do not gloat over him, oh my enemy!
Though he has fallen, he will rise.
His was the victory, you could not claim him!
I will remember him, and the light shining from his face, forever.

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Inspired by Micah 7:8-9
"Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise;

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord's wrath,

Until he pleads my case and establishes my right.

He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness." (NIV)

- Linaewen