I should not follow a dream in vain, Loving, forsaking, loving again, If this one loved a little more, If that one sorrowed a little longer ; If red lips holier kisses bore, If passionate hearts were stronger. I should not leave brown hair for gold, The warm and fair for the fair and cold, If one I loved ne'er loved again ; As years go by and loves grow fewer, I should not follow a dream in vain, If a beautiful woman were truer.
- by Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844 - 1881), "Following a dream", appears in Songs of a Worker, first published 1881 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by William Henry Bell (1873 - 1946), "Following a dream", 1896 [voice and piano], from Three Songs ; words by Arthur O'Shaughnessy [text not verified]
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