Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “A Dream within a Dream” (Reading Text)


A Dream within a Dream

Take this kiss upon thy 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?



This reading copy is based on the printing in the Flag of Our Union, but with a few minor changes adopted from the Examiner proof-sheets.



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