The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 3

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 3

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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 3

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 3

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[Published in the Southern Literary Messenger, June, 1835.]

With a heart of furious fancies,
Whereof I am commander,
With a burning spear and a horse of air ,
To the wilderness I wander.

-- Tom o'Bedlam's Song .

By late accounts from Rotterdam, that city seems to be in a high state of philosophical excitement. Indeed, phenomena have there occurred of a nature so completely unexpected-- so entirely novel--so utterly at variance with preconceived opinions--as to leave no doubt on my mind that long ere this all Europe is in an uproar, all physics in a ferment, all reason and astronomy together by the ears.

It appears that on the ----- day of -----, (I am not positive about the date,) a vast crowd of people, for purposes not specifically mentioned, were assembled in the great square of the Exchange in the well-conditioned city of Rotterdam. The day was warm--unusually so for the season--there was hardly a breath of air stirring; and the multitude were in no bad humor at being now and then besprinkled with friendly showers of momentary duration, that fell from . . .

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