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DAYBREAK OVER THE HALL OF FAME, by            
First Line: I live within the shadow - hall of fame
Last Line: But dreams are short-lived, so true in life.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


I live within the shadow -- Hall of Fame --
Of course I dream, as all great men did dream,
To do great things of merit I hope to claim,
A place within the niche . . . too bold I deem,
My rights, and yet inspired each day I gaze
Upon the hill at daybreak, dreaming deep,
Of work to do and plans with thoughts to wake
The sleeping Muse to rise and come to teach;
The ways of men who did great work in life --
Each morn my eyes will scan the dome slate gray
As rising sun so gently blankets bright
The Hall of Fame, the shrine of men with faith,
Records of cherished measures kept alive --
As torches guide the paths of those who seek:
To leave behind a work or deed -- the light
That paves the way to greater things to be,
As rays of sunlight through faded niches
Will cast its shadows sharp . . . my thoughts on flight,
It seems the deathless voices speak to me,
But dreams are short-lived, so true in life.





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