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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Sonnet — Silence" (B), Saturday Courier (Philadelphia), January 4, 1840, p. 1, col. 5





[page 1, column 5, continued:]

Written for the Philadelpha Saturday Courier.

SILENCE.
A Sonnet.


 BY EDGAR A. POE, ESQ.

There are some qualities — some incorporate things
    That have a double life — life aptly made,
The type of that twin entity which springs
    From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.

There is a two-fold Silence — sea and shore —
    Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
    Newly with grass o'ergrown. Some solemn graces —
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless — his name's "No More."

He is the corporate Silence — dread him not!
    No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate — untimely lot!
    Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
Who haunteth the dim regions where hath trod
No foot of man) — commend thyself to God!









Notes:

Poe uses the phrase "No More" in several other poems.







 
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