Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Sonnet — to My Mother” (comparative text - WORKS and Leaflets of Memory)


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Texts Represented:

  • 1849-01 - Griswold edition of WORKS (January 1850, but presumably reflecting an earlier text)
  • 1849-02 - Leaflets of Memory (October 1849)

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Title: {{1849-01: TO MY MOTHER. //1849-02: SONNET TO MY MOTHER. }}

Byline: {{1849-02: BY EDGAR A. POE. }}

Rule: {{1849-01: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ }}

Line-01-001 BECAUSE {{1849-01: I feel that, // 1849-02: the angels }} in the Heavens above,

Line-01-002 [[indent]] {{1849-01: The angels, whispering to // 1849-02: Devoutly singing unto }} one another,

Line-01-003 Can find, {{1849-01: among // 1849-02: amid }} their burning terms of love,

Line-01-004 [[indent]] None so devotional as that of “  {{1849-01: Mother // 1849-02: mother }} ,”

Line-01-005 Therefore by that {{1849-01: dear // 1850-02: sweet }} name I long have called you {{1849-01:// 1850-02: , }}

Line-01-006 [[indent]] You who are more than mother unto me,

Line-01-007 {{1849-01: And fill // 1850-02: Filling }} my heart of hearts, where {{1849-01: Death // 1850-02: God }} installed you {{1849-02: , }}

Line-01-008 [[indent]] In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.

Line-01-009 {{1849-01: My // 1850-02: My }} mother — my own mother, who died early,

Line-01-010 [[indent]] Was but the mother of myself; but you

Line-01-011 Are mother to the {{1849-01: one // 1850-02: dead }} I loved so dearly,

Line-01-012 [[indent]] {{1849-01: And // 1850-02: Are }} thus {{1849-01: are dearer // 1850-02: more precious }} than the {{1849-01: mother // 1850-02: one }} I knew {{1849-02: , }}

Line-01-013 By that infinity with which my wife

Line-01-014 {{1849-01: [[indent]] }} Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.


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Notes:

For an explanation of the formatting used in this comparative text, see editorial policies and methods.

Because this presentation represents multiple texts, with differing pagination, page numbers have been omitted.

The current presentation normalizes the use of quotation marks, to focus attention on changes other than this merely idiocyncratic matter of formatting.

 

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