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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Where Dreams Are Sold
By Jean Graham
AT the silken sign of the Poppy,
  At a shop which is never old,
Where a twilight silence lingers—
  It is there that dreams are sold.
There ’s the scent of Love’s lost roses,        5
  The soft echo of childhood’s laugh,
There ’s the ring of empty glasses,
  For the white lips never quaff.
To the silken sign of the Poppy
  We all come when the daylight dies,        10
When the curfew music echoes,
  ’Neath the grey of evening skies.
Just beyond the gates of sunset,
  Where the grim toll of death we pay,
We shall find the shop of dream-ware        15
  Where the poppies hang alway.
So we long for dusk of the twilight
  When, with wealth of no earthly gold,
We shall come where sleep-flowers cluster,
  To the shop where dreams are sold.        20

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