Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To M—” (Comparative Text)


Texts Represented:


Title: {{1828-01: Alone //1829-02: TO M—— }}

Stanza: 1

Line-01-001: O! I care not that my earthly lot

Line-01-002: [[indent]] Hath — little of Earth in it —

Line-01-003: That years of love have been forgot

Line-01-004: [[indent]] In the fever of a minute —

Stanza: 2

Line-01-005: I heed not that the desolate

Line-01-006: [[indent]] Are happier, sweet, than I —

Line-01-007: But that you meddle with my fate

Line-01-008: [[indent]] Who am a passer-by.

Stanza: 3

Line-01-009: {{1828-01: I heed //1829-02: It is }} not that my founts of bliss

Line-01-010: [[indent]] {{1828-01: Be //1829-02: Are }} gushing {{1828-01: , oh //1829-02: — strange }} ! with tears {{1829-02:}}

Line-01-011: {{1828-01: That the tremor of one //1829-02: Or that the thrill of a single }} kiss

Line-01-012: [[indent]] Hath palsied many years —

Stanza: 4

Line-01-013: ‘T is not that the flowers of twenty springs

Line-01-014: [[indent]] Which have wither’d as they rose

Line-01-015: Lie dead on my heart-strings

Line-01-016: [[indent]] With the weight of an age of snows.

Stanza: 5

Line-01-017: Nor that the grass — O! may it thrive!

Line-01-018: [[indent]] On my grave is growing or grown —

Line-01-019: But that, while I am dead and alive

Line-01-020: [[indent]] I cannot be, {{1828-01: love //1829-02: lady }} , alone.




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