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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Fantasy
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
BREAK, Fantasy, from thy cave of cloud,
And spread thy purple wings,
Now all thy figures are allowed,
And various shapes of things;
Create of airy forms a stream,        5
It must have blood, and nought of phlegm,
And, though it be a waking dream,
  Yet let it like an odor rise
  To all the senses here,
  And fall like sleep upon their eyes,        10
  Or music in their ear.
 
 
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