Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To the River ——” (Text-01), “Wilmer” manuscript collection, about 1828


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In an Album —
To the River —

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow

Of labyrinth-like water

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of beauty — the unhidden heart —

The playful maziness of art

In old Alberto’s daughter —

But when within thy wave she looks

(Which glistens then & trembles)

Why, then, the prettiest of brooks

My pretty self resembles;

For in my heart as in thy stream

Her image lightly lies —

The heart which trembles at the beam

The scrutiny of her eyes!

 


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Notes:

On the manuscript, the page is numbered 31 in the upper right corner, with a note that reads “by E. A. Poe,” apparently written in another hand.


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[S:1 - MS, 1828 (fac, 1937)] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Poems - To The River —— [Text-01]