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It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity; and thrill; in waking; to find they have been upon the verge of the great secret.
Take this kiss upon the brow and, in parting from you now, thus much let me avow -- you are not wrong who deem that my days have been a dream yet if hope has flown away in a night, or in a day, in a vision, or in none, is it therefore the less gone all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
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