Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy 200th!

Today, as some of you may know, is Edgar Allen Poe's 200th birthday. To honor him, I quote below his poem "To One in Paradise."

"Thou wast that all to me, love,
For which my soul did pine -
A green isle in the sea, love,
A fountain and a shrine,
All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,
And all the flowers were mine.

"Ah, dream too bright to last!
Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise
But to be overcast!
A voice from out the future cries,
'On! on!' - but o'er the Past
(Dim, gulf!) my spirit hovering lies
Mute, motionless, aghast!

"For, alas! alas! with me
The light of Life is o'er!
No more - no more - no more -
(Such language holds the solemn sea
To the sands upon the shore)
Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree,
Or the stricken eagle soar!

"And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams -
In what ethereal dances,
By what eternal streams."

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