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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Thomas Lovell Beddoes. 1803–1849
  
667. Dream-Pedlary
  
IF there were dreams to sell, 
    What would you buy? 
Some cost a passing bell; 
    Some a light sigh, 
That shakes from Life's fresh crown         5
Only a rose-leaf down. 
If there were dreams to sell, 
Merry and sad to tell, 
And the crier rang the bell, 
    What would you buy?  10
 
A cottage lone and still, 
    With bowers nigh, 
Shadowy, my woes to still, 
    Until I die. 
Such pearl from Life's fresh crown  15
Fain would I shake me down. 
Were dreams to have at will, 
This would best heal my ill, 
    This would I buy. 
 
 
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