The Complete poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe

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To ——(1829)

This title refers to two poems carrying the same name. One begins with the lines “The bowers whereat, in dreams, I see.” The other begins “Should my early life seem”. Both first appeared collected in the 1829 Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems. The first, consisting of 12 lines, was reprinted in the September 20, 1845, issue of the Broadway Journal and deals with the speaker’s loss which leaves him with “a funeral mind”. The poem, despite is many reprintings, never had any significant revisions. The second “To ——” was republished in the December 1829 issue of the Yankee and Boston Literary Gazette after being cut from 40 lines to 13. The narrator of this poem equates breaking with his love as one of several failures.

The bowers whereat, in dreams, I see

The wantonest singing birds,

Are lips — and all thy melody

Of lip-begotten words —

Thine eyes, in Heaven of heart enshrined,

Then desolately fall,

O God! on my funereal mind

Like starlight on a pall —

Thy heart — thy heart! — I wake and sigh,

And sleep to dream till day

Of the truth that gold can never buy —

Of the baubles that it may.

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