Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Alone” (reprint) Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Ingram edition, American printing), 1876, 1:115


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FROM childhood’s hour I have not been

As others were — I have not seen

As others saw — I could not bring

My passions from a common spring.

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow; I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone;

And all I lov’d, I lov’d alone.

Then — in my childhood — in the dawn

Of a most stormy life — was drawn

From ev’ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still:

From the torrent, or the fountain,

From the red cliff of the mountain,

From the sun that ‘round me roll’d

In its autumn tint of gold —

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass’d me flying by —

From the thunder and the storm,

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view.



Poe wrote this poem in the autograph album of Lucy Holmes, later Lucy Holmes Balderston. Initially, Ingram rejected the poem, but later admitted it to his edition of Poe’s Works. In interpreting the manuscript, Ingram made a number of changes in punctuation, mostly replacing dashes with commas, semicolons or periods.


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