Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Annabel Lee” (Comparative Text)


Texts Represented:

  • 1849-01 - “Thompson” manuscript (September 26, 1849)
  • 1849-02 - Southern Literary Messenger (November 1849)


Title: {{1849-01: Annabel Lee //1850-02: ANNABEL LEE }} .

Byline: {{1849-01: by Edgar A. Poe }} .

Line-01-001 It was many and many a year ago,

Line-01-002 [[indent]] In a kingdom by the sea,

Line-01-003 That a maiden there lived whom you may know

Line-01-004 [[indent]] By the name of Annabel Lee; —

Line-01-005 And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Line-01-006 [[indent]] Than to love and be loved by me.

Line-01-007 She was a child and I was a child,

Line-01-008 [[indent]] In this kingdom by the sea,

Line-01-009 But we loved with a love that was more than love —

Line-01-010 [[indent]] I and my Annabel Lee —

Line-01-011 With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven

Line-01-012 [[indent]] Coveted her and me.

Line-01-013 And this was the reason that, long ago,

Line-01-014 [[indent]] In this kingdom by the sea,

Line-01-015 A wind blew out of a cloud by night

Line-01-016 [[indent]] Chilling my Annabel Lee;

Line-01-017 So that her high-born kinsmen came

Line-01-018 [[indent]] And bore her away from me,

Line-01-019 To shut her up, in a sepulchre

Line-01-020 [[indent]] In this kingdom by the sea.

Line-01-021 The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,

Line-01-022 [[indent]] Went envying her and me {{1849-01: : — // 1849-02: ; }}

Line-01-023 Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,

Line-01-024 [[indent]] In this kingdom by the sea)

Line-01-025 That the wind came out of the cloud, chilling

Line-01-026 [[indent]] And killing my Annabel Lee.

Line-01-027 But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Line-01-028 [[indent]] Of those who were older than we —

Line-01-029 [[indent]] Of many far wiser than we —

Line-01-030 And neither the angels in Heaven above

Line-01-031 [[indent]] Nor the demons down under the sea

Line-01-032 Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Line-01-033 [[indent]] Of the beautiful Annabel Lee: —

Line-01-034 For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

Line-01-035 [[indent]] Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

Line-01-036 And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes

Line-01-037 [[indent]] Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

Line-01-038 And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Line-01-039 Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride

Line-01-040 [[indent]] In her sepulchre there by the sea —

Line-01-041 [[indent]] In her tomb by the side of the sea.




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The byline was omitted from the printed text because it was part of an article on Poe, and thus not necessary.



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