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Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849)



              1  If there were dreams to sell,
              2    What would you buy?
              3Some cost a passing bell;
              4    Some a light sigh,
              5That shakes from Life's fresh crown
              6Only a rose-leaf down.
              7If there were dreams to sell,
              8Merry and sad to tell,
              9And the crier rang the bell,
            10    What would you buy?

            11  A cottage lone and still,
            12    With bowers nigh,
            13Shadowy, my woes to still,
            14    Until I die.
            15Such pearl from Life's fresh crown
            16Fain would I shake me down.
            17Were dreams to have at will,
            18This would best heal my ill,
            19    This would I buy.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Poems (London: W. Pickering, 1851). PR 4097 A2K4 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1851
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.337; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24

Rhyme: ababccaaab ababccaab

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