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    A Dream Within A Dream

    by Edgar Allan Poe
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    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?

    1849.
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