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Poem by John Donne


The Dream


DEAR love, for nothing less than thee
Would I have broke this happy dream ;
                It was a theme
For reason, much too strong for fantasy.
Therefore thou waked'st me wisely ; yet
My dream thou brokest not, but continued'st it.
Thou art so true that thoughts of thee suffice
To make dreams truths, and fables histories ;
Enter these arms, for since thou thought'st it best,
Not to dream all my dream, let's act the rest.

As lightning, or a taper's light,
Thine eyes, and not thy noise waked me ;
                Yet I thought thee
For thou lovest truthan angel, at first sight ;
But when I saw thou saw'st my heart,
And knew'st my thoughts beyond an angel's art,
When thou knew'st what I dreamt, when thou knew'st when
Excess of joy would wake me, and camest then,
I must confess, it could not choose but be
Profane, to think thee any thing but thee.

Coming and staying show'd thee, thee,
But rising makes me doubt, that now
                Thou art not thou.
That love is weak where fear's as strong as he ;
'Tis not all spirit, pure and brave,
If mixture it of fear, shame, honour have ;
Perchance as torches, which must ready be,
Men light and put out, so thou deal'st with me ;
Thou camest to kindle, go'st to come ; then I
Will dream that hope again, but else would die.



John Donne


John Donne's other poems:
  1. Crucifying
  2. Temple
  3. The Indifferent
  4. The Soule
  5. Fall of a Wall


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • George Byron The Dream ("Our life is twofold; Sleep hath its own world") 1816
  • Aphra Behn The Dream ("All trembling in my arms Aminta lay")
  • Amy Levy The Dream ("Believe me, this was true last night")
  • Edna Millay The Dream ("LOVE, if I weep it will not matter")

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