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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Sonnet — Silence" (C), Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, April 1840, 6:166





[page 166, bottom:]

SILENCE. A SONNET
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 BY EDGAR A. POE.
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[column 1:]

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  [column 2:]
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.

In the notes to his edition of Poe's Poems (1965), Floyd Stovall erroneously shows a comma following "Some Solemn graces" in line 3 of the second stanza (see p. 257).







 
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