Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)
I Slept, And Dreamed That Life Was Beauty
'I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty;
I woke, and found that life was duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, sad heart, courageously,
And thou shall find thy dream to be
A noonday light and truth to thee.'