Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To the River ——” (Text-05), Herring copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems (1829), with manuscript changes, 1845 p. 63


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[[This version has the changes applied]]

[page 63:]

4.

TO THE RIVER ———

 

1

 

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow

Of chrystal, wandering water,

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of beauty — the unhidden heart —

The playful maziness 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 my heart — as in thy stream —

Her image deeply lies —

The heart which trembles at the beam,

Of her soul-searching eyes.


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

[page 63:]

4.

TO THE RIVER ———

 

1

 

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow

Of >>labyrinth-like<< <chrystal, wandering<< water,

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of beauty — the unhidden heart —

The playful maziness of art

In old Alberto’s daughter >>—<< <;>

 

2

 

But when within thy wave she looks —

Which glistens then, and trembles —

Why, then, the prettiest of brooks

Her worshipper resembles >>—<< <;>

For in my heart — as in thy stream —

Her image deeply lies —

The heart which trembles at the beam,

>>The scrutiny of her<< eyes.

<Of her soul-searching>


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Notes:

None.


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