Dreamers of Dreams


In 1874, British poet Arthur O’Shaughnessy penned a poem about the impact of storytellers and other creative individuals–poets, musicians, and the like.

Through his verse, he demonstrates the way dreamers and imaginative souls have an impact that endures even beyond their deaths and the power to shape the course of the world around them.

If you’re a creative soul, I think you’ll enjoy this excerpt from his book Music and Moonlight:

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample a kingdom down.

A breath of our inspiration
Is the life of each generation;
A wondrous thing of our dreaming
Unearthly, impossible seeming—
The soldier, the king, and the peasant
Are working together in one,
Till our dream shall become their present,
And their work in the world be done.

The ability to perceive a vision and set it forth, whether in word, song, or other artistic form is a high honor we’ve received from our Creator. So we should dream our dreams with an awareness of the impact they have…but also with the same joy He has in creating.

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