Text: Charles W. Kent (notes) Robert A. Stewart (variants) (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to To F----s S. O----D,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VII: Poems (1902), pp. 207-208


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[page 207, continued:]

TO F S——S. O——D [FRANCES S. OSGOOD].

Page 93.

1845; | [“Lines written in an Album”], SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER, SEPTEMBER, 1835, “To — —,” BURTONS GENTLEMANS MAGAZINE, AUGUST, 1839, “To —— F,” BROADWAY JOURNAL, II. 10, LINES 1-4.

Text, 1845.

Variations of Southern Literary Messenger from the text.

Line 1 Thou . . . heart (Eliza, let thy generous heart) 2 not! (:) 3 everything (every thing) 5 ways, (—) 6 Thy . . . beauty, (Thy unassuming beauty —) 7 shall be an endless (And truth shall be a) 7 praise, (o. c.) 8 And . . . duty (Forever — and love a duty).

Variations of Burton’s from the text.

Line 1 Thou . . . heart (Fair maiden, let thy generous heart) 2 not! (—) 6 grace, thy more than (unassuming) 7 Shall . . . endless (Thy truth shall be a) 8 And love — a (Forever, and love a).

Variation of the Broadway Journal from the text.

Line 4 not. (!). [page 208:]

EDITORS NOTE.

This eight-line stanza was originally written in honor of Eliza White, while the version in Burton’s was dedicated to some unknown blank. It does duty a third time as one of the numerous tributes to Mrs. Osgood.

 


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Notes:

None.


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