The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1903
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Poe, E.A. (1903). The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition, Volume 5. New York: P. F. Collier and Son.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 8.0
  • Word Count: 103
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: dreams, reality
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In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed–
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken—hearted.

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream–that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro' storm and night,
So trembled from afar–
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth's day—star?