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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "To Helen" (G), The Lover's Gift for 1849, (1848), p. 108





TO HELEN.

BY EDGAR A. POE.

HELEN, thy beauty is to me
    Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea
    The weary, way-worn wanderer bore
    To his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,
    Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
    To the glory that was Greece,
And the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche
    How statue-like I see thee stand,
The agate book within thy hand;
    Ah! Psyche, from the regions which
    Are Holy-land !





Notes:

The full title of the annual was The Lover's Gift ; or, Tributes to the Beautiful.


[S:1 - LG, 1848 (1850)]