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First Line: Pray, what can dreams avail
Last Line: Why should a maiden's dreams prevail?
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares

PRAY, what can dreams avail
To make love or to mar?
The child within the cradle rail
Lies dreaming of the star.
But is the star by this beguiled
To leave its place and seek the child?

The poor plucked rose within its glass
Still dreameth of the bee;
But, tho' the lagging moments pass,
Her Love she may not see.
If dream of child and flower fail,
Why should a maiden's dreams prevail?

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