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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Dreamland
By Silas Weir Mitchell (1829–1914)
 
UP anchor! Up anchor!
  Set sail and away!
The ventures of dreamland
  Are thine for a day.
Yo, heave ho!        5
  Aloft and alow
Elf sailors are singing
  Yo, heave ho!
The breeze that is blowing
  So sturdily strong        10
Shall fill up thy sail
  With the breath of a song.
A fay at the mast-head
  Keeps watch o’er the sea;
Blown amber of tresses        15
  Thy banner shall be;
Thy freight the lost laughter
  That sad souls have missed,
Thy cargo the kisses
  That never were kissed.        20
And ho, for a fay maid
  Born merry in June,
Of dainty red roses
  Beneath a red moon.
The star-pearls that midnight        25
  Casts down on the sea,
Dark gold of the sunset,
  Her fortune shall be.
And ever she whispers,
  More tenderly sweet,        30
“Love am I, love only,
  Love perfect, complete.
The world is my lordship,
  The heart is my slave;
I mock at the ages,        35
  I laugh at the grave.
Wilt sail with me ever
  A dream-haunted sea,
Whose whispering waters
  Shall murmur to thee        40
The love-haunted lyrics
  Dead poets have made
Ere life had a fetter,
  Ere love was afraid?”
Then up with the anchor!        45
  Set sail and away!
The ventures of loveland
  Are thine for a day.
 
 
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