Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “A Dream,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, p. 30


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A DREAM   [[v]]


In visions of the dark night


I have dreamed of joy departed —


But a waking dreams of life and light

Hath left me broken-hearted.


Ah! what is not a dream by day

To him whose eyes are cast

On things around him with a ray

Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream — that holy dream,


While all the world were chiding,

Hath cheered me as a lovely beam

A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro’ storm and night,

So trembled from afar —


What could there be more purely bright


In Truths day-star?




[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 30:]

Title Omitted in 1827.

1 1827 prefixes the following stanza:

A wilder’d being from my birth

My spirit spurn’d control,

But now, abroad on the wide earth,

Where wand’rest thou my soul?

5 Ah: And (1827, 1829).

13 storm and: misty (1827).

14 trembled from: dimly shone (1827).







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