I dream of all things free! Of a gallant, gallant bark, That sweeps through storm and sea Like an arrow to its mark! Of a stag that o'er the hills Goes bounding in his glee; Of a thousand flashing rills-- Of all things glad and free. I dream of some proud bird, A bright-eyed mountain king! In my visions I have heard The rushing of his wing. I follow some wild river, On whose breast no sail may be; Dark woods around it shiver -- I dream of all things free! Of a happy forest child, With the fawns and flowers at play; Of an Indian midst the wild, With the stars to guide his way: Of a chief his warriora leading, Of an archer's green wood tree; -- My heart in chains is bleeding; -- And I dream of all things free.
- by Felicia Dorothea (Browne) Hemans (1793 - 1835) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by ?, Mrs. [W. H.?] Owen , "I dream of all things free", published <<1866, in The new standard song book, ed. by J. E. Carpenter [text verified 1 time]
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