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

Beloved Physician (1847)

“The Beloved Physician” was written around April 1847 for Mary-Louise Shew, a nurse who also inspired Poe’s more famous poem, “The Bells”. The poem was originally ten stanzas long, although a version with nine stanzas was supposedly prepared by Poe for publication. It was never printed during his lifetime, and it now appears to be lost. Shew was able to recall about a tenth of a poem in a letter to editor John W. Ingham in 1875; these fragments were published in 1909, and appear to be all that remains of the piece.

The pulse beats ten and intermits;

God nerve the soul that ne’er forgets

In calm or storm, by night or day,

Its steady toil, its loyalty.

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The pulse beats ten and intermits;

God shield the soul that ne’er forgets.

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The pulse beats ten and intermits;

God guide the soul that ne’er forgets.

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[ . . . ] so tired, so weary,

The soft head bows, the sweet eyes close,

The faithful heart yields to repose.

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