Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Eulalie” (Text-04), “Colton” manuscript, about March-May 1845


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Eulalie — A Song.

By Edgar A. Poe.

I dwelt alone

In a world of moan,

And my soul was a stagnant tide,

Till the fair and gentle Eulalie became my blushing bride —

Till the yellow-haired young Eulalie became my smiling bride.

 

Ah, less — less bright

The stars of the night

Than the eyes of the radiant girl,

And never a flake

That the vapor can make

With the moon-tints of purple and pearl,

Can vie with the modest Eulalie’s most unregarded curl —

Can compare with the bright-eyed Eulalie’s most humble and careless curl.

 

Now Doubt — now Pain —

Come never again,

For her soul gives me sigh for sigh,

While all day long

Shines, bright and strong,

Astarté within the sky,

And ever to her dear Eulalie upturns her matron eye —

And ever to her young Eulalie upturns her violet eye.

 


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Notes:

The manuscript shows folds which indicate that it was mailed, presumably along with a letter from Poe. As such, it is probably the manuscript from which the American Review text was printed. It matches that text except for three features: 1) the indentation of lines 2) the word “morn-tint” in place of “moon-tint” in line 11 (which is probably a typographical error as it does not appear in other text), and 3) an em-dash at the end of line 14. Because line 13 is too long to fit across the page in the manuscript, the last two lines (“careless curl”) are written at the end of an additional line, with a squiggled line used to show that it is a continuation of the previous line. This anomaly has not been reproduced in the text above, with the line instead being allowed to run out to its full length. An endorsement on the back of the manuscript, at the top of the middle section, reads “Eulalie — the Song by E. A. Poe / (Original).”

This manuscript was given by Arthur Willis Colton to the Graduate Club Association of New Haven (CT). A. W. Colton was the nephew of George Hooker Colton, editor of the American Review. The manuscript is currently in a private collection.

 

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[S:1 - MS, 1845] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Poems - Eulalie [Text-04]