Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Song” (Text-C), ­Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems­ (1829), p. 61


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2.

TO — —

 

1

 

I saw thee on thy bridal day —

When a burning blush came o’er thee

Tho’ happiness around thee lay,

The world all love before thee:

 

2

 

And, in thine eye a kindling light

[Whatever it might be]

Was all on Earth my fetter’d sight

Of Loveliness could see.

 

3

 

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame —

As such it well may pass —

Tho’ its glow hath rais’d a fiercer flame

In the breast of him, alas!

 

4

 

Who saw thee on that bridal day,

When that deep blush would come o’er thee,

Tho’ Happiness around thee lay,

The world all love before thee.


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Notes:

This poem was revised several times, eventually becoming what is now best remembered under the title of “Song”.

It has been suggested that this poem may refer to Elmira Royster. She was Poe’s childhood sweetheart, but as her parents disapproved of the match, they arranged for her to marry the much older and very wealthy Alexander Barret Shelton (1807-1844).


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