A Boy's Will: A Dream Pang

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
by Robert Frost
In a Vale
In Neglect

A Dream Pang

He is shown by a dream how really well it is with him.
I HAD withdrawn in forest, and my song
Was swallowed up in leaves that blew alway;
And to the forest edge you came one day
(This was my dream) and looked and pondered long,
But did not enter, though the wish was strong:
You shook your pensive head as who should say,
?I dare not?too far in his footsteps stray?
He must seek me would he undo the wrong.?

Not far, but near, I stood and saw it all
Behind low boughs the trees let down outside;
And the sweet pang it cost me not to call
And tell you that I saw does still abide.
But 'tis not true that thus I dwelt aloof,
For the wood wakes, and you are here for proof.