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

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FAIRY-LAND

DIM vales—and shadowy floods—
And cloudy-looking woods,
Whose forms we can’t discover
For the tears that drip all over
Huge moons there wax and wane—
Again—again—again—
Every moment of the night—
Forever changing places—
And they put out the star-light
With the breath from their pale faces.
About twelve by the moon-dial
One more filmy than the rest
(A kind which, upon trial,
They have found to be the best)
Comes down—still down—and down
With its centre on the crown
Of a mountain’s eminence,
While its wide circumference
In easy drapery falls
Over hamlets, over halls,
Wherever they may be—
O’er the strange woods—o’er the sea—
Over spirits on the wing—
Over every drowsy thing—
And buries them up quite
In a labyrinth of light—
And then, how deep!—O, deep!
Is the passion of their sleep.
In the morning they arise,
And their moony covering
Is soaring in the skies,
With the tempests as they toss,
Like——almost any thing—
Or a yellow Albatross.
They use that moon no more
For the same end as before—
Videlicet a tent—
Which I think extravagant:
Its atomies, however,
Into a shower dissever,
Of which those butterflies,
Of Earth, who seek the skies,
And so come down again
(Never-contented things!)
Have brought a specimen
Upon their quivering wings.

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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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