Edgar Allan Poe: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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