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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "To Zante" (G), The Poets and Poetry of America (10th edition), 1850, p. 419, col. 2

[page 419, column 2, continued:]


FAIR isle, that from the fairest of all flowers
    Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take!
How many memories of what radiant hours
    At sight of thee and thine at once awake!
How many scenes of what departed bliss!
    How many thoughts of what entombéd hopes!
How many visions of a maiden that is
    No more — no more upon thy verdant slopes!
No more! alas, that magical sad sound
Transforming all! Thy charms shall please no more
Thy memory no more! Accurséd ground
    Henceforth I hold thy flower-enamelled shore,
O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!
    "Isola d'oro! Fior di Levante!"


"Isola d'oro!" (Italian for "island of gold") and "Fior di Levante" (Italian for "flower of the Levant") are also used in Poe's poem "Al Aaraaf."

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