The Poetry of T. S. Eliot

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Appendix

Appendix to Chapter Seven (1) (Chapbook, 1924.)


DORIS'S DREAM SONGS

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams(1)
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are,
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death's dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer --

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom

The wind sprang up at four o'clock(2)
The wind sprang up and broke the bells
Swinging between life and death
Here, in death's dream kingdom
The waking echo of confusing strife
Is it a dream or something else

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