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First Line: What though a dream reached reality & paused
Last Line: Will also pass, and longing, too, is brief.
Subject(s): Change


What though a dream reached reality and paused,
Shall I return to hum-drum things forevermore,
And count my life as over, regard all beauty lost,
Not clinging to the future, but what has gone before?
Shall failure once, remove all taste for living
And make of me an empty, lifeless shell,
Or shall I seek again, the dreams that life is giving
And call the present mood a breathing-spell?

For now I know that steadfast is a word
That cannot be applied to earthly things,
And changeless is its synonym; absurd
To build a hope on loveliness with wings,
This being so, it must be true that grief
Will also pass, and longing, too, is brief.





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