Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “A Dream Within a Dream” (Text-07), Flag of Our Union (Boston), March 31, 1849, vol. 4, no. 13, p. 2, col. 8


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[page 2, top of column 8:]

[Written for The Flag of our Union.]

A Dream within a Dream.

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BY EDGAR A. POE.

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Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now,

Thus much let me avow —

You are not wrong, who deem

That my days have been a dream;

Yet if Hope has flown away

In a night, or in a day,

In a vision, or in none,

Is it therefore the less gone?

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!

O God! can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?

 


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Notes:

None.


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