Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “[Catholic Hymn]” in Poe’s tale “Morella,” manuscript, @1833


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[[Catholic Hymn]]

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.

 


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Notes:

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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[S:1 - MS, about 1833] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Poems - Hymn [Text-01]