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

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THE DEVIL IN THE BELFRY

What o’clock is it?—Old Saying.

EVERYBODY knows, in a general way, that the finest place in the world is—or, alas, was—the Dutch borough of Vondervotteimittiss. Yet, as it lies some distance from any of the main roads, being in a somewhat out-of-the-way situation, there are, perhaps, very few of my readers who have ever paid it a visit. For the benefit of those who have not, therefore, it will be only proper that I should enter into some account of it. And this is, indeed, the more necessary, as with the hope of enlisting public sympathy in behalf of the inhabitants, I design here to give a history of the calamitous events which have so lately occurred within its limits. No one who knows me will doubt that the duty thus self-imposed will be executed to the best of my ability, with all that rigid impartiality, all that cautious examination into facts, and diligent collation of authorities, which should ever distinguish him who aspires to the title of historian.

By the united aid of medals, manuscripts, and inscriptions, I am enabled to say, positively, that the borough of Vondervotteimittiss has existed, from its origin, in precisely the same condition which it at present preserves. Of the date of this origin, however, I grieve that I can only speak with that species of indefinite definiteness which mathematicians are, at times, forced to put up with in certain algebraic formulæ. The date, I may thus say, in regard to the

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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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