Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “[To The River ——]” (Text-04b), Saturday Museum (Philadelphia), March 4, 1843, p. 1, col. 6


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­[page 1, column 6, continued:]

TO THE RIVER. —

Fair river! in thy bright clear flow

Of crystal wandering water,

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of Beauty — the unhidden heart —

The playful mazines of art

In old Alberto’s daughter.

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But when within thy wave she looks,

Which glistens, then, and trembles,

Why then the prettiest of brooks

Her worshipper resembles;

For in his heart, as in thy stream,

Her image deeply lies —

His heart which trembles at the beam

Of her soul-searching eyes.


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Notes:

This poem is quoted as part of a biographical article on Poe. (The present version of the poem differs from the February 25, 1843 text only by adding a dash to the end of the title.)

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