Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To One in Paradise” (Text-14), J. L. Graham copy of The Raven and Other Poems, with Poe’s manuscript changes, p. 23


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[[This version has the changes applied]]

[page 23:]

TO ONE IN PARADISE.

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THOU wast that all to me, love,

For which my soul did pine —

A green isle in the sea, love,

A fountain and a shrine,

All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,

And all the flowers were mine.

 

Ah, dream too bright to last!

Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise

But to be overcast!

A voice from out the Future cries,

“On! on!” — but o’er the Past

(Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies

Mute, motionless, aghast!

 

For, alas! alas! with me

The light of Life is o’er!

No more — no more — no more —

(Such language holds the solemn sea

To the sands upon the shore)

Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree,

Or the stricken eagle soar!

 

And all my days are trances,

And all my nightly dreams

Are where thy grey eye glances,

And where thy footstep gleams —

In what ethereal dances,

By what eternal streams.


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[[This version gives the text as originally printed, with indications for Poe’s changes]]

[page 23:]

TO ONE IN PARADISE.

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THOU wast <that> all >>that<< to me, love,   <tr>

For which my soul did pine —

A green isle in the sea, love,

A fountain and a shrine,

All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,

And all the flowers were mine.

 

Ah, dream too bright to last!

Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise

But to be overcast!

A voice from out the Future cries,

“On! on!” — but o’er the Past

(Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies

Mute, motionless, aghast!

 

For, alas! alas! with me

The light of Life is o’er!

No more — no more — no more —

(Such language holds the solemn sea

To the sands upon the shore)

Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree,

Or the stricken eagle soar!

 

And all my days are trances,

And all my nightly dreams

Are where thy >>dark<< <grey> eye glances,

And where thy footstep gleams —

In what ethereal dances,

By what eternal streams.


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Notes:

Poe made two small changes to this text of the poem. In line 1, he transposed “all that” as ”that all,” and in line 23, near the end of the poem, he changed “dark” to “grey.”


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