Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. James H. Whitty), “To Helen,” The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911, p. 134


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HELEN, thy beauty is to me

Like those Nicean barks of yore,

That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,

The weary, way-worn wanderer bore

To his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,

Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,

Thy Naiad airs have brought me home


To the glory that was Greece


And the grandeur that was Rome.


Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche

How statue-like I see thee stand!


The agate lamp within thy hand,


Ah! Psyche, from the regions which

Are Holy Land!







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