A Dream Within a Dream - Edgar Allan Poe

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A Dream Within a Dream - Edgar Allan Poe


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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