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First Line: With each his little, secret dream
Last Line: Throws back a wonder on each face!
Subject(s): Dreams; Lies; Life; Love; Soul; Tears; Time; Nightmares

WITH each his little, secret dream
We wander in and out the years:
The things that are, the things that seem,
Are mingled with our smiles and tears.

For some the clue is from the skies,
Others would find in mother earth
The end and the beginning: lies
Are truth to some, and sorrow, mirth.

This one would win some dear-sought prize,
And that attain his heart's delight
Through love; some live in sacrifice
For the few hours 'twixt day and night.

Another looks beyond what Time
May tell, his dream men do not see:
Upborne by visionings sublime
His gaze is on eternity.

But one and all walk lone, are led
By something deep within, the urge
Of action, and the finer bread
That feeds a spirit on the verge

Of perishing, -- for Life is not
A scene without, but looks to where,
Far in the soul, a sacred spot
Is kept for planning and for prayer.

Each hath his little, secret dream
And -- be it glory or disgrace --
Lo, just beyond, a starry gleam
Throws back a wonder on each face!

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