Why Fades a Dream

"Why Fades a Dream" is the fourth and final song of Irene Britton Smith's Dream Cycle, which sets the text of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Date: 1947Composer: Irene Britton SmithText: Paul Laurence DunbarSong Collection: Dream Cycle

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    “Why Fades a Dream”
    Text by Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Why fades a dream?
    An iridescent ray
    Flecked in between the tryst
    Of night and day.
    Why fades a dream?—
    Of consciousness the shade
    Wrought out by lack of light and made
    Upon life’s stream.
    Why fades a dream?

    That thought may thrive,
    So fades the fleshless dream;
    Lest men should learn to trust
    The things that seem.
    So fades a dream,
    That living thought may grow
    And like a waxing star–beam glow
    Upon life’s stream—
    So fades a dream.

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