Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BROKER OF DREAMS, by RICHARD THOMAS LE GALLIENNE



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First Line: Bring not your dreams to me
Last Line: There is no cure but sleeping.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


BRING not your dreams to me --
Blown dust, and vapour, and the running stream --
Saying, "He, too, doth dream,
Touched of the moon."

Nay! wouldst thou vanish see
Thy darling phantoms,
Bring them then to me!
For my hard business -- though so soft it seems --
Was ever dreams and dreams.

And as some stern-eyed broker smiles disdain,
Valuing at nought
Her bosom's locket, with its little chain,
Love's all that Love hath brought;
So must I weigh and measure
Thy fading treasure,
Sighing to see it go
As surely as the snow.

For I have such sad knowledge of all things
That shine like dew a little, all that sings
And ends its song in weeping --
Such sowing and such reaping! --
There is no cure but sleeping.





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