EBB AND FLOW
by: George William Curtis
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;
- 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;
- 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,
- It said -- "Dream on!" and "Dream no more!"
MORE POEMS BY GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS
"Ebb and Flow" is reprinted
from The Little Book of American Poets. Ed. Jessie B.
Rittenhouse. Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1915.