Hold Fast Your Dreams
Louise Driscoll

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Hold Fast your dreams!
Within your heart
Keep one, still secret spot
Where dreams may go,
And sheltered grow--
Where doubt and fear are not.
O, keep a place apart,
Within your heart,
For little dreams to go!

Think still of lovely things that are not true.
Let wish and magic work at will in you.
Be sometimes blind to sorrow. Make believe!
Forget the calm that lies
In disillusioned eyes.
Though we all know that we must die,
Yet you and I
May walk like gods and be
Even now at home in immortality.

We see so many ugly things--
Deceits and wrongs and quarrellings;
We know, alas! We know
How quickly fade
The color in the west,
The bloom upon the flower,
The bloom upon the breast
And youth's blind hour.
Yet keep within your heart
A place apart
Where little dreams may go,
May thrive and grow.
Hold fast--hold fast your dreams.



Fairy Song


John Keats

Shed no tear! O, shed no tear!
The flowers will bloom another year.
Weep no more! weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root's white core.
Dry your eyes! Oh dry your eyes!
For I thought in Paradise
to ease my breasts of melodies---
Shed no tear.
Overhead! Look overhead!
'Mong the blossoms white and red-
Look up, look up. I flutter now
On this flush pomegranate bough.
See me! 'tis this silvery bell
Ever curses the good man's ill.
Shed no tear! O shed no tear!
the flowers will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu--I fly, adieu,
I vanish in the heaven's blue--
Adieu, adieu-




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