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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

William Sharp 1855–1905

The Isle of Lost Dreams


THERE is an Isle beyond our ken,

Haunted by Dreams of weary men.

Gray Hopes enshadow it with wings

Weary with burdens of old things:

There the insatiate water-springs

Rise with the tears of all who weep:

And deep within it,—deep, oh, deep!—

The furtive voice of Sorrow sings.

There evermore,

Till Time be o’er,

Sad, oh, so sad! the Dreams of men

Drift through the Isle beyond our ken.