Dream And The Song

So oft our hearts, beloved lute,

In blossomy haunts of song are mute;

So long we pore, 'mid murmurings dull,

O'er loveliness unutterable.

So vain is all our passion strong!

The dream is lovelier than the song.

The rose thought, touched by words, doth turn

Wan ashes. Still, from memory's urn,

The lingering blossoms tenderly

Refute our wilding minstrelsy.

Alas! we work but beauty's wrong!

The dream is lovelier than the song.

Yearned Shelley o'er the golden flame?

Left Keats for beauty's lure, a name

But "writ in water"? Woe is me!

To grieve o'er flowerful faery.

My Phasian doves are flown so long--

The dream is lovelier than the song!

Ah, though we build a bower of dawn,

The golden-winged bird is gone,

And morn may gild, through shimmering leaves,

Only the swallow-twittering eaves.

What art may house or gold prolong

A dream far lovelier than a song?

The lilting witchery, the unrest

Of winged dreams, is in our breast;

But ever dear Fulfilment's eyes

Gaze otherward. The long-sought prize,

My lute, must to the gods belong.

The dream is lovelier than the song.

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