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If There Were Dreams To Sell (1918)

If There Were Dreams To Sell

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

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John Nicholson Ireland was an English composer and teacher of music. The majority of his output consists of piano miniatures and of songs with piano.

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Thomas Lovell Beddoes was an English poet, dramatist and physician.

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