Why Fades a Dream?


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Publication Information

Published in Majors and Minors (1895)

Performed by Herbert Woodward Martin

Musical Settings

Marie F. Busch, Why Fades a Dream? (medium-high voice and piano) (January 1954)

Wynn Leo Boyd, Why Fades a Dream? (voice and piano) (January 1964)

Gary Bachlund, Why Fades a Dream? (medium voice and piano) (January 2009)


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.