Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To the River ——” (Text-H), The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe (1850), 2:95


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TO THE RIVER ——.

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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 maziness of art

In old Alberto’s daughter;

 

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 version is identical to that printed in The Raven and Other Poems (1845), with no changes in words or punctuation.


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