Dreaming the happy hours away

GodFatherQsubs

Senior Member
Hebrew
Hi! :)

I have this very old song that I'm having trouble understanding. It was published in 1885 (author, Stephen Foster, died in 1864), so It's okay to copy it here, copyright-wise.

The entire song can be seen here: http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/foster005.htm, though this is most of it:

Come where my love lies dreaming,
Dreaming the happy hours away,
In visions bright redeeming The fleeting joys of day

About the line in bold - is his love dreaming of/about some happy hours, or dreaming for hours?

[I was told to split my questions about this song into different threads, so this is the second one, the first being in http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2272790]

Thanks a lot! :)
 
  • Tracer

    Senior Member
    American English
    Come where my love lies dreaming,
    Dreaming the happy hours away,
    In visions bright redeeming The fleeting joys of day

    About the line in bold - is his love dreaming of/about some happy hours, or dreaming for hours?
    Neither. She isn't dreaming about some happy hours nor has she been dreaming for a long time (for hours).

    What she's doing is passing the happy hours asleep (or possibly day-dreaming). She's not thinking about anything. She's asleep without a care in the world.
     
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