Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “[Catholic Hymn]” (Text-05), Broadway Journal, August 16, 1845, 2:88, col. 1


[page 88, column 1, continued:]

Catholic Hymn.

AT morn — at noon — at twilight dim —

Maria! thou hast heard my hymn!

In joy and wo — in good and ill —

Mother of God, be with me still!

When the Hours flew brightly by,

And not a cloud obscured the sky,

My soul, lest it should truant be,

Thy grace did guide to thine and thee;

Now, when storms of Fate o’ercast

Darkly my Present and my Past,

Let my Future radiant shine

With sweet hopes of thee and thine!   ‡.



The poem is addressed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In this printing, perhaps somewhat ironically, the poem immediately follows Poe’s tale “Never Bet the Devil Your Head.” The double-dagger at the end does not signify a footnote (its usual purpose), but may have been intended as a “P,” giving Poe’s signature as an initial, as does the poem “Dream” appearing just before the story.


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