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No shrewish teares shall fill our eye

When the sword-hilt's in our hand, Heart-whole we'll part, and no whit sighe

For the fayrest of the land;
Let piping swaine, and craven wight,

Thus weepe and puling crye,
Our business is like men to fight,

And hero-like to die !



ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over

many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten loreWhile I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my

chamber door. “ 'Tis some visiter," I muttered, “ tapping at my chamber door

Only this and nothing more."

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow ;-vainly I had sought to borrow

books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost LenoreFor the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore

Nameless here for evermore,

From my bo

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating “ 'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber doorSome late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door ;

This it is and nothing more."

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;

But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”there I opened wide the

door ;

Darkness there and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering,

fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream

before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Le

nore ?"

This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “ Le

nore !”_

Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping something louder than before. “Surely," said I, " surely that is something at my window

lattice; Let me see, then, what thereat is and this mystery exploreLet my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore ;

'Tis the wind and nothing more.”


Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my

chamber door Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,

“ Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, “ art sure

no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly

shoreTell me what thy lordly name is on the Nights Plutonian shore !"

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore ;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door-
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber

With such name as “ Nevermore."

But the Raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing farther then he uttered ; not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered “ Other friends have flown

beforeOn the morrow he' will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”

Then the bird said “Nevermore."

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
· Doubtless,” said I, “ what it utters is its only stock and store
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore

Of Never-nevermore.''

But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and


door ;

Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking

Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yoreWhat this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore

Meant in croaking "Nevermore."

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into


bosom's core ; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er, But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er->

She shall press, ah, nevermore !

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen


Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor. “ Wretch," I cried, “thy God hath lent thee-by these angels

he hath sent thee Respite-respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore ! Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore !"

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore."

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“Prophet!" said I, “thing of evil!-prophet still, if bird or devil!
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-
On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore-
Is there-is there balm in Gilead ?—tell me- -tell

me, I implore !" Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore."

“Prophet !” said I, “thing of evil-prophet still, if bird or devil ! By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both

adoreTell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name LenoreClasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."

Quoth the Raven, “ Nevermore."

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