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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
The Land of Dreams
By Samuel Eleazer Mann (1853–1918)
 
[Born in Methuen, Mass., 1853. Died in Pelham, N. H., 1918.]

I WANDERED in a pleasant land of dreams,
  Through fragrant fields, where harvests rich were laid
  In golden swaths, by reaper’s swinging blade;
I lingered on the banks of gurgling streams,
Where, through its leafy gates, the sunlight gleams,        5
  And glimmers, through interstices of shade;
  There every dewdrop is a gem displayed
Upon the brow of Beauty. Ah! this seems
Her home. Oh would that I could understand
  Her speech, for now her voice most sweet I hear,        10
And now her touch, as from a mother’s hand,
  I feel, and wake. ’Tis mother standing near;
  And lo, the land of vision doth appear.
Behold! It is “My own, my native land.”

  1888.
 
 
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