Why Fades a Dream?

WHY FADES A DREAM?

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.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.