Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To M——” (Text-03), Herring copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems (1829), p. 68, with manuscript changes 1845


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[[This version has the changes applied]]

[page 68:]

8.

TO M——

 

1

 

O! I care not that my earthly lot

Hath — little of Earth in it —

That years of love have been forgot

In the fever of a minute —

 

2

 

I heed not that the desolate

Are happier, sweet, than I —

But that you meddle with my fate

Who am a passer-by.


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

[page 68:]

8.

TO M——

 

1

 

O! I care not that my earthly lot

Hath — little of Earth in it —

That years of love have been forgot

In the fever of a minute —

 

2

 

I heed not that the desolate

Are happier, sweet, than I —

But that you meddle with my fate

Who am a passer-by.

 

>>   3

 

It is not that my founts of bliss

Are gushing — strange! with tears —

Or that the thrill of a single kiss

Hath palsied many years —

 

4

 

’Tis not that the flowers of twenty springs

Which have wither’d as they rose [page 69:]

Lie dead on my heart-strings

With the weight of an age of snows.

 

5

 

Nor that the grass — O! may it thrive!

On my grave is growing or grown —

But that, while I am dead yet alive

I cannot be, lady, alone.   <<


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Notes:

This copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems was given by Poe to his cousin, Elizabeth Herring. In making preparations for The Raven and Other Poems, Poe borrowed back this copy, and made numerous changes in poems being submitted for consideration. For the present poem, he marked stanzas 3-5 for deletion, but made no other changes. The poem was not included in the new collection.


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