(To Isaac Lea)

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Poetry
by Edgar Allan Poe
From a letter to Isaac Lea, about May 26, 1829. A facsimile of this manuscript, as part of the full letter, was printed in Aurthur Hobson Quinn, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography, New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1941, p. 139.

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 ----

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.