Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry), “A Dream within a Dream,” The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: Stone and Kimball, vol. X, 1895, p. 130


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A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

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:

Stedman and Woodberry notes.

 

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