Dreams

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 I had a dream, a dream of dread:
I thought that horror held the house;
A burglar bent above my bed,
He moved as quiet as a mouse.
With hairy hand and naked knife He poised to plunge a bloody stroke, Until despairful of my life I shrieked with terror - and awoke.
I had a dream of weary woes: In weather that was fit to freeze, I thought that I had lost my cloths, And only wore a short chemise.
The wind was wild; so catch a train I ran, but no advance did make; My legs were pistoning in vain - How I was happy to awake! I had a dream: Upon the stair I met a maid who kissed my lips; A nightie was her only wear, We almost came to loving grips.
And then she opened wide a door, And pointed to a bonny bed .
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Oh blast! I wakened up before I could discover - were we wed? Alas! Those dreams of broken bliss, Of wakenings too sadly soon! With memories of sticky kiss, And limbs so languidly a-swoon! Alas those nightmares devil driven! Those pantless prowlings in Pall Mall! Oh why should some dreams be like heaven And others so resemble hell?

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