Edgar Allen Poe: A Dream Within A Dream (1849)

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Masterclass with Ida Kavafian

The American String Teachers Association, Chamber Music Northwest and Portland State University present

A Master Class with Violinist Ida Kavafian
Thursday, January 23, 6:30pm
Portland State University
Lincoln Recital Hall (Lincoln Hall 75, Ground Floor)
Admission is free and open to the public

Ida Kavafian is Professor of Violin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She will be performing with Chamber Music Northwest, January 22 to 27.