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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
IF there were dreams to sell,
    What would you buy?
Some cost a passing bell;
    Some a light sigh,
That shakes from Life’s fresh crown        5
Only a rose-leaf down.
If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,
And the crier rang the bell,
    What would you buy?        10
A cottage lone and still,
    With bowers nigh,
Shadowy, my woes to still,
    Until I die.
Such pearl from Life’s fresh crown        15
Fain would I shake me down.
Were dreams to have at will,
This would best heal my ill,
    This would I buy.

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