Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To Helen” (Comparative Text - POEMS and SLM)


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Title: TO HELEN.

Rule: {{1831-01: ———— }}

Line-01-001: Helen, thy beauty is to me

Line-01-002: [[intended]] Like those Nicean barks of yore,

Line-01-003: That gently, o’er a perfum’d sea,

Line-01-004: [[intended]] The weary {{1831-01: way-worn //1836-02: wayworn }} wanderer bore

Line-01-005: [[intended]] To his own native shore.

Line-01-006: On desperate seas long wont to roam,

Line-01-007: [[intended]] Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,

Line-01-008: Thy Naiad airs have brought me home

Line-01-009: [[intended]] To the beauty of fair Greece,

Line-01-010: And the grandeur of old Rome.

Line-01-011: Lo! in that little window-niche

Line-01-012: [[intended]] How statue-like I see thee stand!

Line-01-013: [[intended]] The folded scroll within thy hand —

Line-01-014: {{1831-01: A //1836-02: Ah! }} Psyche from the regions which

Line-01-015: [[intended]] Are Holy land!




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