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Poem by Alice Cary

A Dream

I DREAMED I had a plot of ground,
  Once when I chanced asleep to drop,
And that a green hedge fenced it round,
  Cloudy with roses at the top.

I saw a hundred mornings rise, --
  So far a little dream may reach, --
And Spring with Summer in her eyes
  Making the chiefest charm of each.

A thousand vines were climbing o'er
  The hedge, I thought, but as I tried
To pull them down, for evermore
  The flowers dropt off the other side!

Waking, I said, "These things are signs
  Sent to insruct us that 'tis ours
Duly to keep and dress our vines, --
  Waiting in patience for the flowers.

"And when the angel feared of all
  Across my hearth its shadow spread,
The rose that climbed my garden wall
  Has bloomed the other side," I said. 

Alice Cary

Alice Cary's other poems:
  1. January
  2. April

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Allingham A Dream ("I heard the dogs howl in the moonlight night")
  • Matthew Arnold A Dream ("Was it a dream? We sail'd, I thought we sail'd")
  • Robert Burns A Dream ("Guid-Mornin' to our Majesty!") 1786
  • Christina Rossetti A Dream ("Once in a dream (for once I dreamed of you)")
  • Coventry Patmore A Dream ("Amid the mystic fields of Love")
  • Bernard Barton A Dream ("A DREAM came lately in the hours")
  • Thomas Parnell A Dream ("Just when ye dead of night began to fail")
  • Stephen Phillips A Dream ("MY dead love came to me, and said")
  • Edgar Poe A Dream ("In visions of the dark night")

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