by: Charles Godfrey Leland
- HAT thought
is no reality,
Oft waking with a start, we find;
But from reality take thought,
- How little then remains behind.
- I walk the greenwood all alone,
And thou in spirit by my side;
Ah, then thou art indeed my own,
A something more than earthly bride.
- A dead leaf falls, the vision flies
Like morning mist from mountain stream,
- Yet take that vision from my life,
And life itself were but a dream!
MORE POEMS BY CHARLES GODFREY LELAND
"Waking Dreams" is reprinted
from The Music-Lesson of Confucius and Other Poems. Charles
Godfrey Leland. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1872.