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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "To the River ----" (A), "Wilmer" manuscript collection, about 1828





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!









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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