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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Fairy-Land" (J), Broadway Journal, October 4, 1845, 2:193-194

[page 193, column 2, continued:]



 Dim vales — and shadowy floods —
 And cloudy-looking woods,
 Whose forms we can't discover
 For the tears that drip all over.
 Huge moons there wax and wane —
 Again — again — again —
 Every moment of the night —
 Forever changing places —
 And they put out the star-light
 With the breath from their pale faces.
 About twelve by the moon-dial
 One more filmy than the rest
(A kind which, upon trial,
 They have found to be the best)
 Comes down — still down — and down
 With its centre on the crown
 Of a mountain's eminence,
 While its wide circumference
 In easy drapery falls
 Over hamlets, over halls,
 Wherever they may be —
 O'er the strange woods — o'er the sea — [page 194:]
 Over spirits on the wing —
 Over every drowsy thing —
 And buries them up quite
 In a labyrinth of light —
 And then, how deep! — O, deep!
 Is the passion of their sleep!
 In the morning they arise,
 And their moony covering
 Is soaring in the skies,
 With the tempests as they toss,
 Like ——  almost any thing —
 Or a yellow Albatross.
 They use that moon no more
 For the same end as before —
 Videlicet a tent —
 Which I think extravagant:
 Its atomies, however,
 Into a shower dissever,
 Of which those butterflies,
 Of Earth, who seek the skies,
 And so come down again
 (Never-contented things!)
 Have brought a specimen
 Upon their quivering wings.



The poem is signed by either two plus signs, side by side, or a double dagger symbol, set sideways. Why such a signature was used in place of Poe's name or his initials is uncertain. It is most likely a typographical error when went uncorrected.

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