Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “Sonnet -- To Science,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, pp. ???-???


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SONNET — SILENCE

There are some qualities — some incorporate things,

That have a double life, which thus is made

A type of that twin entity which springs

From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.

There is a two-fold Silence — sea and shore —

Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,

Newly with grass o’ergrown; some solemn graces,

Some human memories and tearful lore,

Render him terrorless: his name’s “No More.”

He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!

No power hath he of evil in himself;

But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)

Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,

That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod

No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!

 


[[Variants]]

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 104:]

Title Silence. A Sonnet (B. G.M.).

2 which thus is: life aptly (B. G. M., S.M.).

3 A: The (B. G. M., S.M.).

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 105:]

14 That haunteth: Who haunteth (B. G. M.); lone: dim (B. G. M.).

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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