Dreaming – A Poem with Recording

Dreaming was written by the Irish poet, William Allingham (1824 – 1889).  He wrote this poem for his three children.  Here you can listen to the poem while reading along with the text.

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MP3 Recording of Dreaming

Dreaming

A strange little Dream

On a long star-beam

Ran down from the midnight skies,

To curly-hair’d Fred

Asleep in his bed,

With the lids on his merry blue eyes.

 

Under each lid

The thin Dream slid,

And spread to a picture inside,

A new World there,

Most strange and rare

Tho’ just by our garden-side.

 

Rivers and Rocks,

And a Treasure-Box,

And Floating in Air without wings,

And the Speaking Beast,

And a Royal Feast,

My chair beside the King’s;

 

A Land of Flowers,

And of lofty Towers

Carved over in marble white

With living Shapes

Of Panthers and Apes

That gambol in ceaseless flight;

 

And a Cellar small

With its Cave in the Wall

Stretching many a mile underground!

And the Rope from the Moon!—

Fred woke too soon,

For its end could never be found.

 

Read by Rosslyn Carlyle.

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