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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Lines Written in an Album," Southern Literary Messenger, September 1835, 1:748, col. 2

[page 748, bottom of column 2:]

For the Southern Literary Messenger.

Lines Written in an Album.

Eliza! — let thy generous heart
    From its present pathway part not!
Being every thing which now thou art,
    Be nothing which thou art not.

So with the world thy gentle ways —
    Thy unassuming beauty —
And truth shall be a theme of praise
    Forever — and love a duty.          E. A. P.


Eliza was Eliza White, the daughter of Thomas W. White, owner of the Southern Literary Messenger.

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