The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. 3-4

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BERENICE

Dicebant mihi sodales, si sepulchrum amicæ visitarem,
curas meas aliquantulum fore levatas.—Ebn Zaiat.

MISERY is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of that arch—as distinct too, yet as intimately blended. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow! How is it that from beauty I have derived a type of unloveliness?—from the covenant of peace, a simile of sorrow? But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstacies which might have been.

My baptismal name is Egæus; that of my family I will not mention. Yet there are no towers in the land more time-honored than my gloomy, gray, hereditary halls. Our line has been called a race of visionaries; and in many striking particulars— in the character of the family mansion—in the frescos of the chief saloon—in the tapestries of the dormitories —in the chiselling of some buttresses in the armory— but more especially in the gallery of antique paintings —in the fashion of the library chamber—and, lastly, in the very peculiar nature of the library’s contents—there is more than sufficient evidence to warrant the belief.

The recollection of my earliest years are connected with that chamber, and with its volumes—of which

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents of Vol. III v
  • Berenice 1
  • Eleonora 12
  • Ligeia 20
  • Morella 41
  • Metzengerstein 48
  • Shadow—A Parable 60
  • Silence—A Fable 64
  • Philosophy of Furniture 69
  • A Tale of Jerusalem 77
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains 83
  • The Spectacles 97
  • The Duc de L’Omelette 130
  • The Oblong Box 135
  • King Pest 151
  • Three Sundays in a Week 167
  • The Devil in the Belfry 176
  • Lionizing 185
  • The Man of the Crowd 192
  • Never Bet the Devil Your Head 204
  • "Thou Art the Man" 217
  • The Sphinx 237
  • Some Words with a Mummy 244
  • Hop-Frog 266
  • Four Beasts in One the Homo-Cameleopard 279
  • Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling 289
  • Bon-Bon 297
  • Contents of Vol. IV 319
  • Author’s Preface to the Poems, 1849 Edition 321
  • The Poetic Principle 323
  • Miscellaneous Poems the Raven 350
  • Lenore 356
  • Hymn 357
  • A Valentine 358
  • The Coliseum 359
  • To Helen 361
  • To—— 363
  • Ulalume 364
  • The Bells 367
  • An Enigma 371
  • Annabel Lee 372
  • To My Mother 373
  • The Haunted Palace 374
  • The Conqueror Worm 376
  • To F—s S. O—D 377
  • To One in Paradise 378
  • The Valley of Rest 379
  • The City in the Sea 380
  • The Sleeper 382
  • Silence 384
  • A Dream within a Dream 385
  • Dream-Land 386
  • To Zante 388
  • Eulalie 389
  • Eldorado 390
  • Israfel 391
  • For Annie 393
  • To 396
  • Bridal Ballad 397
  • Scenes from "Politian" 398
  • Poems Written in Youth 417
  • Al Aaraaf 418
  • Tamerlane 432
  • To —— 440
  • A Dream 441
  • Romance 442
  • Fairy-Land 443
  • The Lake—To—— 444
  • Song 445
  • To M. L. S—— 446
  • Dreams 447
  • Spirits of the Dead 448
  • Evening Star 449
  • "In Youth Have I Known One with Whom the Earth" 450
  • "The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour" 451
  • Alone 452
  • Eureka 453
  • The Rationale of Verse 582
  • The Power of Words 638
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