Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “An Acrostic,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, p. 136


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Elizabeth it is in vain you say

“Love not” — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:

In vain those words from thee or L. E. L.

Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:


Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,

Breathe it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.

Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried

To cure his love — was cured of all beside —

His folly — pride — and passion — for he died.







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