Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Alone” (Comparative Text)


Texts Represented:

  • 1829-01 - MS (undated, about 1829)
  • 1875-02 - Scribner's Monthly (September 1875)


Title: {{1839-01: Original //1875-02 Alone }}

Line-01-001: From childhood's hour I have not been

Line-01-002: As others were — I have not seen

Line-01-003: As others saw — I could not bring

Line-01-004: My passions from a common spring —

Line-01-005: From the same source I have not taken

Line-01-006: My sorrow — I could not awaken

Line-01-007: My heart to joy at the same tone —

Line-01-008: And all I lov’d — I lov’d alone —

Line-01-009: Then — in my childhood — in the dawn

Line-01-010: Of a most stormy life — was drawn

Line-01-011: From ev’ry depth of good and ill

Line-01-012: The mystery which binds me still —

Line-01-013: From the torrent, or the fountain —

Line-01-014: From the red cliff of the mountain —

Line-01-015: From the sun that ’round me roll’d

Line-01-016: In its autumn tint of gold —

Line-01-017: From the lightning in the sky

Line-01-018: As it pass’d me flying by —

Line-01-019: From the thunder, and the storm —

Line-01-020: And the cloud that took the form

Line-01-021: (When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Line-01-022: Of a demon in my view —

Signature: E. A. Poe

{{1875-01: Baltimore, March 17, 1829. }}




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