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A Valentine
by Edgar Allan Poe
An ode to Frances Sargent Osgood. To translate the address, read the first letter of the first line in connection with the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line, &c. The name will thus appear.

A Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlor her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
BA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
ShA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlll find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
UpoA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hl the page, enwrapped from every reader.
SearA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlh narrowly the lines! - they hold a treasure
DivinA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hl - a talisman - an amulet
That muA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlt be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The wordA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hl - the syllables! Do not forget
The triviA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hllest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet theA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hle is in this no Gordian knot
Which one miA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlht not undo without a sabre,
If one could mA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlrely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upoA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hl the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillaA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hling soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent wA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlrds oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets - aA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hl the name is a poet's, too,
Its letters, althouA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlh naturally lying
Like the knight PintA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hl-Mendez Ferdinando -
Still form a synonym fA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hlr Truth - Cease trying!
You will not read the riA Valentine (Poe)/highlighted/hldle, though you do the best you can do.

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