Poetry Corner: A Dream Within a Dream

A Dream Within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

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?

A Violinist Plays in Jackson Square on Labor Day by Kevin Woolsey Photography
“A Violinist Plays in Jackson Square on Labor Day 2015” by Kevin Woolsey Photography

“A Violinist Plays in Jackson Square on Labor Day, 2015”
Photo by Kevin Woolsey Photography

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