[Page 177]


1 'GIVE o'er your Whims, says my considerate Friend;
2 'Retrieve the fleeting Hours you idly spend:
3 'Blind to Advice, incorrigible, vain,
4 'You follow Fancy and her laughing Train;
[Page 178]
5 'Your thoughtless Days in swift Delusion fly:'
6 So let them go, says unconverted I,
7 Look round the Globe, my Friend, and then you'll see
8 The drowsy World is slumb'ring just like me.
9 See on soft Beds the Hero sleeps secure,
10 Till War comes thund'ring at his trembling Door;
11 In wiser Dreams the Politician prys
12 Through distant Kingdoms with his half-shut Eyes:
13 The lull'd Projector builds aerial Towers,
14 And rolls smooth Rivers through enchanted Bowers.
15 The Chymist slumbers o'er imagin'd Gold,
16 So Delia's Conquests in her Dreams are told.
17 What monstrous Phantoms in that Trance are born,
18 Through which Amyntor sees his sprouting Horn?
19 When purblind Mortals sound the Depths of Fate,
20 Or some lean Poet aims at an Estate;
21 Or when the good believing Man depends
22 On the slight Promise of his courtly Friends;
23 Shou'd those awake they to their Cost wou'd find,
24 These are but Shadows of a sleeping Mind.
[Page 179]
25 Few real Pleasures are on Earth possest,
26 And Mortals only in their Dreams are blest;
27 Then dream no longer, my well-meaning Friend,
28 That Mira's Follies with her Muse shall end:
29 Some younger Vanity succeeds the first,
30 And the last Folly often proves the worst:
31 No: While the rest in fruitless Cares are hurl'd,
32 Let me enjoy my visionary World:
33 To this glad Bosom hug the dear Mistake,
34 If Dreams are Blessings, who wou'd wish to wake?


  • TEI/XML [chunk] (XML - 76K / ZIP - 8.7K) / ECPA schema (RNC - 357K / ZIP - 73K)
  • Plain text [excluding paratexts] (TXT - 1.5K / ZIP - 1.0K)

Facsimile (Source Edition)

(Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries.)



All Images (PDF - 1.7M)

About this text

Title (in Source Edition): The UNIVERSAL DREAM.
Author: Mary Leapor
Genres: heroic couplet

Text view / Document view

Source edition

Leapor, Mrs. (Mary), 1722-1746. Poems upon several occasions: By Mrs. Leapor of Brackley in Northamptonshire. London: printed: and sold by J. Roberts, 1748, pp. 177-179. 15,[5],282p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T127827; Foxon p. 413; OTA K101776.000) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries.)

Editorial principles

The text has been typographically modernized, but without any silent modernization of spelling, capitalization, or punctuation. The source of the text is given and all editorial interventions have been recorded in textual notes. Based on the electronic text originally produced by the TCP project, this ECPA text has been edited to conform to the recommendations found in Level 5 of the Best Practices for TEI in Libraries version 4.0.0.

Other works by Mary Leapor