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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–49)
IF there were dreams to sell,
EM>What would you buy?
Some cost a passing bell;
  Some a light sigh,
That shakes from Life’s fresh crown        5
Only a rose-leaf down.
If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,
And the crier rung the bell,
  What would you buy?        10
A cottage lone and still,
  With bowers nigh,
Shadowy, my woes to still,
  Until I die.
Such pearl from Life’s fresh crown        15
Fain would I shake me down.
Were dreams to have at will,
This would best heal my ill,
  This would I buy.
But there were dreams to sell        20
  Ill didst thou buy;
Life is a dream, they tell,
  Waking, to die.
Dreaming a dream to prize,
Is wishing ghosts to rise;        25
And, if I had the spell
To call the buried well,
  Which one would I?
If there are ghosts to raise,
  What shall I call        30
Out of hell’s murky haze,
  Heaven’s blue pall?
Raise my lov’d long-lost boy
To lead me to his joy.
There are no ghosts to raise;        35
Out of death lead no ways;
  Vain is the call.
Know’st thou not ghosts to sue?
  No love thou hast.
Else lie, as I will do,        40
  And breathe thy last.
So out of Life’s fresh crown
Fall like a rose-leaf down.
Thus are the ghosts to woo;
Thus are all dreams made true,        45
  Ever to last!


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