Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. James H. Whitty), “Sonnet — To Science,” The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911, p. 89


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SONNET — TO SCIENCE

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SCIENCE! true daughter of Old Time thou art!

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Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.

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Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,

Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?

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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

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Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?

Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?

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And driven the Hamadryad from the wood

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To seek a shelter in some happier star?

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Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,

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The Elfin from the green grass, and from me

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The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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