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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
In Dreamland
By Francesco Coppetta
 
Translated by James Glassford, of Dougalston

OF gold and diamond were the roof and wall,
  And windows sapphire, where my palace rose;
  With ivory gate, through which, as fancy chose,
  Went forth the dream that planned and built it all:
While from this perfect and so gorgeous hall        5
  Harmonious voices seem to float, like those
  Of quiring angels, and at every close
  Ravish the sense, and hold the mind in thrall.
At last I wake. But oh, how morning scowls
  On goodliest fabric which our sleep has reared!        10
  The lofty palace proves a dingy cot;
That heavenly music was from hooting owls;
  And where the gold and sparkling gems appeared,
  Lie heaps of straw, and worthless weeds that rot.
 
 
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