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DREAM-PEDLARY

BY THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES.

[THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES, poet and dramatist, was born in Clifton, England, 1803 ; nephew of Maria Edgeworth. He studied at Pembroke College, Oxford ; lived in Germany and Switzerland 1825–1846, and died in the hospital at Basle, Jan. 26, 1849. He wrote “The Improvisatore" (1821), “The Bride's Tragedy." (1822), “Death's Jest Book” (posthumous), many poems, and some works in German.]

IF THERE were dreams to sell,

What would you buy?
Some cost a passing-bell;

Some a light sigh,
That shakes from Life's fresh crown
Only a rose-leaf down.
If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,
And the crier rung the bell,

What would you buy?
A cottage lone and still,

With bowers nigh,
Shadowy, my woes to still,

Until I die.
Such pearl from Life's fresh crown
Fain would I shake me down.
Were dreams to have at will,
This would best heal my ill,

This would I buy.

But there were dreams to sell,

Ill didst thou buy:
Life is a dream, they tell,

Waking to die.
Dreaming a dream to prize
Is wishing ghosts to rise;
And if I had the spell
To call the buried well,
Which one would I?

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