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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "To Mary [To Frances]" (A), Southern Literary Messenger, July 1835, 1:636, col. 2

[page 636, column 2, continued:]

For the Southern Literary Messenger.


Mary, amid the cares — the woes
    Crowding around my earthly path,
(Sad path, alas! where grows
Not ev'n one lonely rose,)
    My soul at least a solace hath
In dreams of thee, and therein knows
An Eden of sweet repose.

And thus thy memory is to me
    Like some enchanted far-off isle,
In some tumultuous sea —
Some lake beset as lake can be
    With storms — but where, meanwhile,
Serenest skies continually
    Just o'er that one bright island smile.

E. A. P.


Mary is likely Mary Winfree, an acquaintance of Poe's of an old Richmond family.

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