Beloved Physician

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Beloved Physician
by Edgar Allan Poe
Approximately written: April 1847. Although Poe apparently had prepared a version of this poem for publication, it was never printed during his lifetime and is now apparently lost. The manuscript in Mrs. Shew's possession contained tens stanzas, though Poe may have reduced these to nine. These few fragments are all that Mrs. Shew (later remarried as Mrs. Houghton) could remember of the poem when she wrote to John H. Ingram on January 23, 1875. The final line might instead have read "The large heart . . . ." Ingram published an article about the poem as "Edgar Allan Poe's Lost Poem 'The Beautiful Physician,'" The Bookman (New York), January 1909, pp. 452-454). The title of the poem here is taken from Poe's letter to Mrs. Shew from June of 1848.

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.
[. . . ]

[. . . ]
The pulse beats ten and intermits;
God shield the soul that ne'er forgets.
[. . . ]

[. . . ]
The pulse beats ten and intermits;
God guide the soul that ne'er forgets.
[. . . ]

[. . . ] so tired, so weary,
The soft head bows, the sweet eyes close,
The faithful heart yields to repose.

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