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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Cry of the Dreamer
By John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–1890)
 
I AM tired of planning and toiling
  In the crowded hives of men;
Heart-weary of building and spoiling,
  And spoiling and building again.
And I long for the dear old river,        5
  Where I dreamed my youth away;
For a dreamer lives forever,
  And a toiler dies in a day.
 
I am sick of the showy seeming,
  Of a life that is half a lie;        10
Of the faces lined with scheming
  In the throng that hurries by.
From the sleepless thoughts’ endeavor,
  I would go where the children play;
For a dreamer lives forever,        15
  And a thinker dies in a day.
 
I can feel no pride, but pity
  For the burdens the rich endure;
There is nothing sweet in the city
  But the patient lives of the poor.        20
Oh, the little hands too skillful,
  And the child-mind choked with weeds!
The daughter’s heart grown willful,
  And the father’s heart that bleeds!
 
No, no! from the street’s rude bustle,        25
  From trophies of mart and stage,
I would fly to the woods’ low rustle
  And the meadows’ kindly page.
Let me dream as of old by the river,
  And be loved for the dream alway;        30
For a dreamer lives forever,
  And a toiler dies in a day.
 
 
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