The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar/Dream Song II

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Pray, what can dreams avail
  To make love or to mar?
The child within the cradle rail
  Lies dreaming of the star.
But is the star by this beguiled
To leave its place and seek the child?

The poor plucked rose within its glass
  Still dreameth of the bee;
But, tho' the lagging moments pass,
  Her Love she may not see.
If dream of child and flower fail,
Why should a maiden's dreams prevail?

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.