Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “To the River —,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, pp. 51-52


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[page 51, continued:]

TO THE RIVER ——.

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow

Of crystal, wandering water,

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of beauty — the unhidden heart —

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The playful maziness of art

In old Alberto’s daughter; [page 52:]

But when within thy wave she looks —

Which glistens then, and trembles —

Why, then, the prettiest of brooks

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Her worshipper resembles;

For in his heart, as in thy stream,

Her image deeply lies —

His heart which trembles at the beam

Of her soul-searching eyes.

(1829)

 


[[Variants]]

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 51:]

2 crystal, wandering: labyrinth-like (1829, B. G. M.).

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 52:]

11 his: my (1829, B.G. M.)

13 His: The (1829, B. G. M., B.J.).

14 Of her soul-searching: The scrutiny of her (1829, B. G. M.).

 


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Notes:

None.

 


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