Title

If

Publication Information

published in Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896)

Musical Settings

Theophil Wendt, A Dream (voice and piano) (January 1904)

Robert Owens, If op.15 no.1 (high voice and piano) (May 2014)

Text

If life were but a dream, my Love,
And death the waking time;
If day had not a beam, my Love,
And night had not a rhyme, --
A barren, barren world were this
Without one saving gleam;
I 'd only ask that with a kiss
You'd wake me from the dream.

If dreaming were the sum of days,
And loving were the bane;
If battling for a wreath of bays
Could soothe a heart in pain, --
I'd scorn the meed of battle's might,
All other aims above
I'd choose the human's higher right,
To suffer and to love!


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