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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
511. Ebb and Flow
 
By George William Curtis
 
 
I WALKED beside the evening sea,
And dreamed a dream that could not be;
The waves that plunged along the shore
Said only—“Dreamer, dream no more!”
 
But still the legions charged the beach;        5
Loud rang their battle-cry, like speech;
But changed was the imperial strain:
It murmured—“Dreamer, dream again!”
 
I homeward turned from out the gloom,—
That sound I heard not in my room;        10
But suddenly a sound, that stirred
Within my very breast, I heard.
 
It was my heart, that like a sea
Within my breast beat ceaselessly:
But like the waves along the shore,        15
It said—“Dream on!” and “Dream no more!”
 

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