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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Lenore" (G), The Poets and Poetry of America (10th edition), 1850, p. 424, cols. 1-2





[page 424, top of column 1:]

LENORE.
 
——

AH, broken is the golden bowl!
    The spirit flown forever!
Let the bell toll!
A saintly soul
    floats on the Stygian river;
And, GUY DE VERE,
Hast thou no tear?
    Weep now or never more!
See! on yon drear
And rigid bier
    Low lies thy love, LENORE!
Come, let the burial-rite be read —
The funeral-song be sung! —
An anthem for the queenliest dead
    That ever died so young —
A dirge for her the doubly dead,
    In that she died so young!

"Wretches! ye loved her for her wealth,
    And hated her for her pride;
And when she fell in feeble health,
    Ye bless'd her — that she died!
How shall the ritual, then, be read?
    The requiem how be sung
By you — by yours, the evil eye —
    By yours, the slanderous tongue
That did to death the innocence
    That died, and died so young?"

Peccavimus;
But rave not thus!
    And let a sabbath song
    Go up to God so solemnly, the dead may
                feel no wrong!
The sweet LENORE
Hath "gone before,"
    With Hope, that flew beside,
Leaving thee wild
For the dear child
    That should have been thy bride —
For her, the fair
And debonair,
That now so lowly lies,
The life upon her yellow hair
    But not within her eyes —
The life still there,
Upon her hair —
    The death upon her eyes.

"Avaunt! to-night
My heart is light.
    No dirge will I upraise,
But waft the angel on her flight
    With a pæan of old days!
Let no bell toll! —
lest her sweet soul,
    Amid its hallow'd mirth,
Should catch the note,
As it doth float —
    Up from the damnéd earth.
To friends above, from fiends below,
    The indignant ghost is riven —
From hell unto a high estate
    Far up within the heaven —  [column 2:]
From grief and groan,
To a golden throne,
    Beside the King of Heaven."









Notes:

The varied nature of the line lengths was necessitated by the narrow columns of the book.







 
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