In person; -- she is about the medium height of woman, or perhaps rather above it--of a dignified and reserved demeanour --a finely formed figure-- chesnut hair, curling naturally, and large, dark hazel eyes. The beautiful portrait, by Elliot, lately exhibited, is by no means too flattering a likeness.
Probably no American poetess has a more thoroughly educated mind or is more conversant with standard English and American Literature.
While with its lofty pinions furled
The Spirit floats in neither world.
She gains at length the holy fane,
Where Death and solemn Silence reign--
Hurries along the shadowy aisles
Up to the altar where blest tapers
Burn dimly and the Virgin smiles
Midst rising clouds of incense vapors--
There kneels by the Confession Chair
Where waits the Friar with fervent prayer
To soothe the children of Despair.
Her hands are clasped--her eyes upraised--
Meek--beautiful--though coldly glazed--
And her pale cheeks are paling faster.
From under her simple hat of straw
Over her neck her tresses flow
Like threads of jet o'er alabaster.
[Fragments 1 and 2 are described by Moldenhauer, 1973, p. 24, item 13. They are written by Poe on pale blue paper, which has yellowed, and bear traces of having been wafered, with was often Poe's practice for material to be published. Based on a comment by F. S. Osgood, the MS for "The Literati" was done up in rolls, and it seems reasonable that this would have been as well, although it was two years later. Other fragments of Poe manuscripts from 1848 are known which also appear on pale blue paper, including the substantial manuscript fragments for "The Rationale of Verse" and the "Griswold" manuscript of the note on Mrs. Lewis which was published in Works, 1850.
Fragment 3 was in the collection of Oliver Barrett, sold at auction
on Nov. 1, 1950, item ???. It is reproduced in facsimile in the Parke-Bernet
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[S:0 - MS, 1848]