Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Song” (Text-06), Herring copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems (1829), with manuscript changes, 1845, p. 61


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[[This version has the changes applied]]

[page 61:]

2.

TO —— ——

 

1

 

I saw thee on thy bridal day —

When a burning blush came o’er thee

Though 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 aching sight

Of Loveliness could see.

 

3

 

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame —

As such it well may pass —

Though 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,

Though happiness around thee lay,

The world all love before thee.


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

[page 61:]

2.

TO —— ——

 

1

 

I saw thee on thy bridal day —

When a burning blush came o’er thee

>>Tho’<< <Though> 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<< <aching> sight

Of Loveliness could see.

 

3

 

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame —

As such it well may pass —

>>Tho’<< <Though> 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’<< <Though> >>H<< <h>appiness around thee lay,

The world all love before thee.


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Notes:

None.


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