Only a dream

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Only a dream
Additional title: Fair as a flow'r she comes to me, out from the shades of night. [first line of song]
Additional title: Only a dream that thrills me with delight.
Oliver, James B. (Composer)
Fay, Jack Everett (Lyricist)
Early, John J. (Singer)
Bennett, William H. (Former owner)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York ; Chicago ; [etc.]
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Men's dreams
Sexual attraction
Sheet music
Content: Cover design includes photograph of John J. Early.
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by the celebrated baritone John J. Early.
Content: Summary: The narrator describes a romantic attraction to a woman, but then reveals it was only a dream; if only the dream could last forever, he would be with her.
Content: Signature of former owner on cover at top center: William H. Bennett.
Statement of responsibility: words by Jack Everett Fay ; music by James B. Oliver.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 639b6cd0-c595-012f-643f-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Only a dream