Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To the River ——” (Text-05a), Herring copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems (1829), with manuscript changes, 1845 p. 63


[page 63:]




Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow

Of chrystal, wandering water,

Thou art an emblem of the glow

Of beauty — the unhidden heart —

The playful maziness of art

In old Alberto's daughter;


But when within thy wave she looks —

Which glistens then, and trembles —

Why, then, the prettiest of brooks

Her worshipper resembles;

For in my heart — as in thy stream —

Her image deeply lies —

The heart which trembles at the beam,

Of her soul-searching eyes.




This version presents the text with all of Poe's indicated changes having been made. For a detailed analysis of the changes made in this version, see the study text.




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