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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "A Dream within a Dream" (Text 08), the Flag of Our Union (Boston), March 31, 1849, vol. 4, no. 13, p. 2, col. 8
 





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[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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