William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

The Land Of Dreams - Poem by William Blake

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Awake, awake, my little boy!
Thou wast thy mother's only joy;
Why dost thou weep in thy gentle sleep?
Awake! thy father does thee keep.

'O, what land is the Land of Dreams?
What are its mountains, and what are its streams?
O father! I saw my mother there,
Among the lilies by waters fair.

'Among the lambs, cloth? d in white,
She walk'd with her Thomas in sweet delight.
I wept for joy, like a dove I mourn;
O! when shall I again return? '

Dear child, I also by pleasant streams
Have wander'd all night in the Land of Dreams;
But tho' calm and warm the waters wide,
I could not get to the other side.

'Father, O father! what do we here
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far
Above the light of the morning star.'

Topic(s) of this poem: dreams


Comments about The Land Of Dreams by William Blake

  • Indira Renganathan (2/11/2017 2:20:00 AM)


    The Land of Dreams is better far
    Above the light of the morning star.'...wonderful conversational poem with rhyming words- 10++++
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  • (8/25/2006 8:03:00 PM)


    This poem leads me to believe his mother has died and he dreams of her on the other side. He believes it is a better place. Excellent poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014


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