Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CASTLES IN THE AIR, by JEAN FRANCOIS COLLIN D'HARLEVILLE



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CASTLES IN THE AIR, by            
First Line: Each mortal builds his castles in the air
Last Line: Only believe you're happy, and you are.


EACH mortal builds his castles in the air,
In country or in town, no matter where;
Whether we sleep or wake, still are they made.
The weary labourer, leaning on his spade,
Can deem himself the squire of the place;
Old age, in thought, the frosts of time efface;
The clerk a minister, the priest 'my lord'
Becomes. The bishop-- In a word,
In dreams, no fate can with my own compare:
Only believe you're happy, and you are.





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