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

To Isaac Lea (1829)

“To Isaac Lea” is an unfinished poem, presumed written in May of 1829. Only four lines are known to exist. It seems to come from a letter Poe wrote to Isaac Lea, noted as a publishing partner in Philadelphia who was interested in natural history, especially conchology. Poe would attach his name to The Conchologist’s First Book ten years later.

It was my choice or chance or curse

To adopt the cause for better or worse

And with my worldly goods & wit

And soul & body worship it ——

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