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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Soldier’s Dream
By Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
 
OUR bugles sang truce; for the night-cloud had lowered,
  And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky;
And thousands had sunk on the ground overpowered,
  The weary to sleep, and the wounded to die.
 
When reposing that night on my pallet of straw,        5
  By the wolf-scaring fagot that guarded the slain,
At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,
  And thrice ere the morning I dreamt it again.
 
Methought from the battle-field’s dreadful array
  Far, far I had roamed on a desolate track:        10
’Twas autumn; and sunshine arose on the way
  To the home of my fathers, that welcomed me back.
 
I flew to the pleasant fields traversed so oft
  In life’s morning march, when my bosom was young:
I heard my own mountain-goats bleating aloft,        15
  And knew the sweet strain that the corn-reapers sung.
 
Then pledged we the wine-cup, and fondly I swore
  From my home and my weeping friends never to part:
My little ones kissed me a thousand times o’er,
  And my wife sobbed aloud in her fulness of heart.        20
 
“Stay, stay with us—rest, thou art weary and worn:”
  And fain was their war-broken soldier to stay;
But sorrow returned with the dawning of morn,
  And the voice in my dreaming ear melted away.
 
 
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