Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “To M——” (Text-04), Herring copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems (1829), p. 68, with manuscript changes 1845


[page 68:]


TO M——


O! I care not that my earthly lot

Hath — little of Earth in it —

That years of love have been forgot

In the fever of a minute —


I heed not that the desolate

Are happier, sweet, than I —

But that you meddle with my fate

Who am a passer-by.



This copy of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems was given by Poe to his cousin, Elizabeth Herring. In making preparations for The Raven and Other Poems, Poe borrowed back this copy, and made numerous changes in poems being submitted for consideration. For the present poem, he marked stanzas 3-5 for deletion, but made no other changes. The poem was not included in the new collection.

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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