Text: Robert A. Stewart (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to The Island of the Fay,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. IV: Tales - part 03 (1902), 4:307-308


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The text follows the Broadway Journal.

Griswold differs slightly from the text in spelling and in punctuation.

The note p. 196 is taken from Griswold, not occurring in the Broadway Journal.

The text shows verbal revision, as well as some changes in punctuation, from the earlier state. Several notes are found not occurring in Graham.

Instead of the later motto occurs the sonnet “To Science,” as given below.

This will be found to vary from the other states of the poem. (See Vol. VII., Notes, p. 156.)

Variations of Graham from the text.

The following sonnet is prefixed to this piece in Graham: —

Science, true daughter of old Time thou art,

Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes!

Why prey’st thou thus upon the poet’s heart,

Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?

How should he love thee, or how deem thee wise

Who wouldst not leave him, in his wandering,

To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,

Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?

Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?

And driven the Hamadryad from the wood?

Hast thou not spoilt a story in each star?

Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood?

The elfin from the grass? — the dainty fay,

The witch, the sprite, the goblin — where are they?


Motto and note to l. 1 do not occur in Graham. [page 308:]

Page 193 l. 1-4 Marmontel, ... spirit — (Marmontel, with the same odd confusion of thought and language which leads him to give his very equivocal narratives the title of “Contes Moraux”) l. 1-4-5 La musique, etc. (n. i.) l. 5 lui-même (o. h.) l. 5 témoins (o. a.) l. 14 in (, in) l. 14 to (, to) l. 16 are (are the most) page 194 l. 19 thought (intelligence) l. 22 animalculae (n. i.) l. 23 which ... brain (in crystal, or of those which infest the brain) l. 25 animalculae (n. i.) l. 26 and (, and) l. 34 those (these) page 195 l. 10 principle (principle —) l. 11 it (that it is) l. 12 not extending (that it does not extend) (notes pages 195-196 do not occur in Gra.) l. 24 it (in its) page 196 l. 4 that, (o. c.) l. 6 chose. (?) l. 7 gainsaid (gainsayed) l. 12 a certain (the) l. 13 island (the island which are the subject of our engraving) l. 17 it — (,) 1.21 river (river,) l. 27 rich (rich,) l. 28 waterfall (o. h.) l. 28 sunset (sun-set) l. 30 mid-way (o. h.) l. 31 profusely (fantastically) page 197 ll. 11 sunlight (sun-light) l. 14 , and (o. c.) l. 15 parti- (o. h.) l. 16 of (of joy) l. 18 everything (everything) l. 21 other (other,) l. 31 not; (,) page 198 l. 8 thus (o.) l. 14 up (up at all) l. 17 little ... existence (their existence little by little) l. 21 death (cap.) l. 22 it ?” (it ?” — but what fairy-like form is this which glides so solemnly along the water?”) l. 24 sank rapidly (rapidly sank) l. 26 dazzling, (o. c.) l. 33 , in (o. c.) page 199 l. 6 , continued (, — continued) l. 9 unto (to) l. 9 : for ( ;) l. 13 Fay; (; —) l. 16 gloom (gloom,) l. 21 slumbers (slumbers;) l. 21 into (forth into).

Variations of Griswold from text.

Page 193 l. 3 as (, as) l. 4 [lui-même] (o. h.) l. 5 [témoins] (o. a.). Note: and (, and) “fashionable” (‘fashionable’) page 195 l. 9 as (, as) page 196 l. 6 chose. ( ?) l. 7 gainsaid (gainsayed) l. 30 mid-way (p. h.) Note “Balzac” etc. does not occur in Broadway Journal. Note page 197 æthera. (. —) page 198 l. 10 reverie (revery) l. 11 , — said (,) l. 11 myself, ( —) l. 22 engulfs (ingulfs) l. 26 of (, of) l. 33 , in (o. c.) page 199 l. 7 musingly — (, musingly,).





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