Text: Charles W. Kent (notes) Robert A. Stewart (variants) (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to Hymn,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VII: Poems (1902), pp. 193-194


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[page 193:]

HYMN.

Page 58.

SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER, APRIL, 1835 [MORELLA]; BURTONS GENTLEMANS MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER, 1839 [MORELLA]; TALES OF THE GROTESQUE AND ARABESQUE, 1840 [MORELLA]; 1845; BROADWAY JOURNAL, I. 25 [MORELLA], II. 6.

Variations of Southern Literary Messenger from the text.

Insert before:

Sancta Maria! turn thine eyes

Upon the sinner’s sacrifice

Of fervent prayer, and humble love,

From thy holy throne above.

Line 1 — at (,) 1 noon — (,) 1 dim — (,) 2 hymn! (.) 3 wo — (,) 3 ill — (,) 4 God, (!) 5 the (my) 5 Hours (hours) 5 brightly (gently) 6 not a cloud obscured (no storms were in) 8 grace (love) 8 thee; (.) 9 storms (clouds) 10 Darkly (All) 10 Present (Present,) 12 thine! (.).

For variations of this poem in the tale “Morella,” in the various publications, see Notes to the Tales.

As it is not considered necessary to repeat all of these here, only the Southern Literary Messenger variations are given in full in this place.

It may be observed in general that the verbal variations of Burton’s are exactly the same as those of the Southern Literary Messenger above. 1840 has the inserted stanza, and a for the ll. 2; otherwise no verbal variation from the text.

The Broadway Journal shows no variation from the text. [page 194:]

EDITORS NOTE.

This prayer to the Virgin for sweet hopes of her in the future occurs in Morella and is Poe’s best formulation of a religious hope and aspiration.

 


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Notes:

None.


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