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First Line: On yonder hillside, white with tombs
Last Line: But vanish at the break of day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Theo, Le Bon
Subject(s): Doves; Dreams; Palm Trees; Nightmares

On yonder hillside, white with tombs,
A palm tree's fan-like foliage blooms;
There, in the gloaming flock the doves,
To rest their wings and coo their loves.

At dawn the palm tree they forsake,
Like beads that from a necklace break,
And scatter airily in flight,
Upon some distant roof to light.

My soul doth, like that palm, receive
White dreams as visitors, at eve:
They drop from heaven — a while they stay—
But vanish at the break of day.

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