Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. James H. Whitty), “Serenade,” The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911, pp. 175-176


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[page 175, unnumbered:]

APPENDIX

I

THE BALTIMORE SATURDAY VISITER, ETC.

A VOLUME of The Baltimore Saturday Visiter for the year 1833 is preserved at Catonsville, Md. In all probability Poe contributed to that newspaper the two poems “Fanny” and “To ——” appearing on pages 165 and 166 of the present volume. The Visiter of April 20, 1833, also published the following verses: —

SERENADE BY E. A. POE

So sweet the hour — so calm the time,

I feel it more than half a crime

When Nature sleeps and stars are mute,

To mar the silence ev’n with lute.

At rest on ocean’s brilliant dies

An image of Elysium lies:

Seven Pleiades entranced in Heaven,

Form in the deep another seven:

Endymion nodding from above

Sees in the sea a second love:

Within the valleys dim and brown,

And on the spectral mountain’s crown

The wearied light is dying down:

And earth, and stars, and sea, and sky

Are redolent of sleep, as I

Am redolent of thee and thine

Enthralling love, my Adeline.

But list, O list! — so soft and low

Thy lover’s voice to-night shall flow

That, scarce awake, thy soul shall deem

My words the music of a dream.

Thus, while no single sound too rude, [page 176:]

Upon thy slumber shall intrude,

Our thoughts, our souls — O God above!

In every deed shall mingle, love.

A prize of fifty dollars was awarded Poe, October 12, 1833, for his tale “MS. Found in a Bottle,” which was published in the Visiter of October 19. The text mainly follows the version of the Southern Literary Messenger. The poem “Coliseum” appeared in the Visiter of October 26, 1833. The version closely follows that of the Southern Literary Messenger with the exception of a new line at the beginning: “Lone amphitheatre! Grey Coliseum!”

A file of the Philadelphia United States Military Magazine has been located by the present editor. It contains selections believed to be Poe’s, but nothing is signed with his name. A Poe couplet has been discovered in the last issue of the Broadway Journal for January 3, 1846, by Mr. Thomas Ollive Mabbott. It reads: —

I thought Kit North a bore in 1824

I find the thought alive in 1845.

A translation of Frederick Spielhagen from Westermanns Monats-Hefte on the Poe-Longfellow war by Mr. Carl A. Weyerhauser points out for the first time that Longfellow in his tale called Kavanagh, Chapter XX, has a character (Mr. Hathaway) representing Poe, while that of Mr. Churchill represents Longfellow.

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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[S:0 - JHW11, 1911] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Serenade (ed. J. H. Whitty, 1911)