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First Line: Ah! Waking dreams that mock the day
Last Line: Cold, calm and stern, is truth.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia

AH! waking dreams that mock the day,
Have other ends than those
That come beneath the moonlight ray,
And charm the eyes they close.

The vision colouring the night
'Mid bloom and brightness wakes,
Banish'd by morning's cheerful light,
Which brightens what it breaks.

But dreams which fill the waking eye
With deeper spells than sleep,
When hours unnumber'd pass us by;
From such we wake and weep.

We wake, but not to sleep again,
The heart has lost its youth;
The morning light that wakes us then,
Cold, calm and stern, is truth.

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