Dream within a dream

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - By EDGAR AL­LAN POE

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?

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