No Hours so Dark


No hours so dark had Pippin known.
His duty to wait -- wait he did, forgotten;
Standing, mastering his own fears.

As he watched, Denethor grew old --
Something had snapped in his proud will;
Stern mind overthrown.
He saw tears on tearless face,
More unbearable than wrath.

"Hope has failed. The Enemy has found it.
He sees our very thoughts,
All we do is ruinous!
Whatever betide, the House of Stewards has failed!"

No hours so dark had Pippin known.
His duty to wait -- wait he did, forgotten;
Standing, mastering his own fears.


- Linaewen