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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "[Hymn]" in Poe's tale "Morella", manuscript, @1833.]


Sancta Maria! turn thine eyes
Upon the sinner's sacrifice
Of fervent prayer and humble love,
From thy holy throne above.

At morn, at noon, at twilight dim
Maria! thou hast heard my hymn.
In joy and wo, in good and ill
Mother of God! be with us still.

When my hours flew gently by,
And no storms were in the sky,
My soul, lest it should truant be
Thy love did guide to thine and thee.

Now, when clouds of Fate o'ercast
All my Present, and my Past,
Let my Future radiant shine
With sweet hopes of thee and thine.

[This version of the poem was part of the manuscript of the tale "Morella." The poem, recited as a song by Morella, is addressed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.]

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