We all of us have the dream in our hearts when we are young. It is not our dream -- It is the World's Dream whispering to us. You have heard them say -- "Who are you that you can change the world? This is the egotism of youth. I thought that too when I was young." O brave young hearts, beat more confidently. Do not listen to the distracting voices of worldliness and failure, these sordid hearts who have abandoned the Quest. I, your sister, have seen the sun upon the heights. Come with me. We will brave the renunciations and terrors and loneliness And we will never forsake each other. We will listen to those who have won in the Quest. It is they who tell us to have more faith, to fight more bravely. Let us set forth together. We have need of one another. When they shall tell us we are lost, that we have abandoned success for fanatic dream, We will drown their shout with a Song. O self reliant hearts, come with me. Put your faith in the dream for it is the World's Dream. I am not alone and there are greater than I who call to us. I shall go on till death.
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- by Eleanor Dougherty (1890 - 1968) [author's text not yet checked 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 Brandon Harrington , "Tribute to Jane Addams", first performed 2021 [ soprano and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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