I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls

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I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls or The Gipsy Girl's Dream is a popular aria from The Bohemian Girl, an 1843 opera by Michael William Balfe, with lyrics by Alfred Bunn. It is sung in the opera by the character Arline, who is in love with Thaddeus, a Polish nobleman and political exile.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

In addition to its regular performance in the opera, and in cast recordings of the opera, the aria, which was very popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, has been recorded many times by a variety of musicians as a stand-alone song.[2] It has also been parodied.

  • Lewis Carroll's parody of the lyrics was published in Lays of Mystery, Imagination and Humour in 1855:[3]


  1. ^ Frank Weaver. "Music in the Works of James Joyce". James-joyce-music.com. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ James Michael Welsh, Peter Lev (2007), The literature/film reader: issues of adaptation, p. 13 
  3. ^ Knight letter, Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1994, p. 21 
  4. ^ IMDB|http://former.imdb.com/title/tt0027376/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031712/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_38
  6. ^ George Orwell, Why I Write (1946) http://orwell.ru/library/essays/wiw/english/e_wiw
  7. ^ The Age of Innocence (1993) - Soundtracks
  8. ^ The Butcher Boy (1997) - Soundtracks

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