Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Evening Star” (Text-A), Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), pp. 28-29


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[page 28, continued:]

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EVENING STAR.

’Twas noontide of summer,

And mid-time of night;

And stars, in their orbits,

Shone pale, thro’ the light

Of the brighter, cold moon, [page 29:]

‘Mid planets her slaves,

Herself in the Heavens,

Her beam on the waves.

I gaz’d awhile

On her cold smile;

Too cold — too cold for me —

There pass’d, as a shroud,

A fleecy cloud,

And I turn’d away to thee,

Proud Evening Star,

In thy glory afar,

And dearer thy beam shall be;

For joy to my heart

Is the proud part

Thou bearest in Heav’n at night,

And more I admire

Thy distant fire,

Than that colder, lowly light.


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Notes:

This is one of the poems in this collection that Poe never reprinted, although T. O. Mabbott finds in the poem some foreshadowing of “Ulalume”.


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