Text: Charles W. Kent (notes) Robert A. Stewart (variants) (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to Bridal Ballad,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VII: Poems (1902), pp. 198-199


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[page 198, continued:]

BRIDAL BALLAD.

Page 81.

SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER, JANUARY, 1837; PHILADELPHIA SATURDAY EVENING POST, JULY 31, 1841; 1845; BROADWAY JOURNAL, II. 4.

Text, 1845, with Lorimer Graham corrections.

Variations of Southern Literary Messenger from the text.

I. 3 brow; (—) 3 grand (grand,). After 3 insert:

And many a rood of land,

5 now. (I) II. 1 And . . . well; (He has loved me long and well,) 2 But (And) 2 first (o.) 3 swell — (,) 4 For . . . knell, (o.) 5 And the voice (For — the words) 5 seemed his (were his) 7 now. (!) III. 1 But (And) 2 brow, (—) 3 While (But) 6 (Thinking . . . D’Elormie) (o.) 7 Oh, (O). After III. insert:

And thus they say I plighted

An irrevocable vow —

And my friends are all delighted

That his love I have requited —

And my mind is much benighted

If I am not happy now! [page 199:]

Lo! the ring is on my hand,

And the wreath is on my brow —

Satins and jewels grand,

And many a rood of land,

Are all at my command,

And I must be happy now!

IV. 1-2 And . . . vow;

I have spoken — I have spoken —

They have registered the vow.

3 And, (o. c.) 4 And, (o. c.) 5 Here is a ring as (Behold the golden) 6 I am (proves me) V. 2 dream (dream —) 1 how, (!) 3 shaken (shaken,) 4 taken, — (,) 5 Lest (And) 6 now. (!)

Variations of Broadway Journal from the text.

II. 1 well; (,) 4 as (like) III. 6 [omit parentheses] IV. 1 spoken; (,) 2 vow; (,) 5-6 Here . . . now! (Behold the golden token | That proves me happy now!)

Broadway Journal varies from Griswold in the first two stanzas only; the other variations from the text are due to Lorimer Graham corrections.

EDITORS NOTE.

In this poem, a reflective lyric rather than a true ballad, there is a story of formal happiness and of real woe.

 


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Notes:

None.


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