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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "A Dream Within a Dream," manuscript, early 1849.]

    For Annie

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep while I weep!
Oh, God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
Oh, God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that I see or seem
But a dream within a dream?.

[A facsimile of this manuscript was printed in the Bookman (London), XXXV, January 1909, p. 190.]

[In the printed form of the poem, published in March of 1849 in the Flag of Our Union, Poe added nine lines to the beginning and changed the title to "A Dream Within a Dream." Curiously, a few months later, he also made plans to have it published in the Richmond Examiner as "To ," possibly for Elmira Shelton.]

 
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