The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe/Volume 2/For Annie

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The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe
Volume II. Poems and Tales

For Annie
 

FOR ANNIE.

 

 

Thank Heaven! the crisis—
 The danger is past,
And the lingering illness
 Is over at last—
And the fever called "Living"
 Is conquered at last.

 

Sadly, I know
 I am shorn of my strength,
And no muscle I move
 As I lie at full length—
But no matter!—I feel
 I am better at length.

 

And I rest so composedly,
 Now, in my bed,
That any beholder
 Might fancy me dead—
Might start at beholding me,
 Thinking me dead.

 

The moaning and groaning,
 The sighing and sobbing,
Are quieted now,
 With that horrible throbbing
At heart:—ah, that horrible,
 Horrible throbbing!

 
The sickness—the nausea—

 The pitiless pain—
Hare ceased, with the fever
 That maddened my brain—
With the fever called "Living"
 That burned in my brain.

 

And oh! of all tortures
 That torture the worst
Has abated—the terrible
 Torture of thirst
For the napthaline river
 Of Passion accurst:—
I have drank of a water
 That quenches all thirst:—

 

Of a water that flows,
 With a lullaby sound.
From a spring but a verj few
 Feet under ground —
From a cavern not very fer
 Down under ground.

 

And ah! let it never
 Be foolishly said
That my room it is gloomy
 And narrow my bed;
For man never slept
 In a different bed—
And, to sleep, you must slumber
 In just such a bed.

 

My tantalized spirit
 Here blandly reposes,
Forgetting, or never
 Regretting its roses—
Its old agitations
 Of myrtles and roses:

 
For now, while so quietly

 Lying, it fancies
A holier odor
 About it, of pansies—
A rosemary odor,
 Commingled with pansies—
With rue and the beautiful
 Puritan pansies.

 

And so it lies happily,
 Bathing in many
A dream of the truth
 And the beauty of Annie—
Drowned in a bath
 Of the tresses of Annie.

 

She tenderly kissed me,
 She fondly caressed,
And then I fell gently
 To sleep on her breast—
Deeply to sleep
 From the heaven of her breast.

 

When the light was extinguished,
 She covered me warm,
And she prayed to the angels
 To keep me from harm—
To the queen of the angels
 To shield me from harm.

 

And I lie so composedly,
 Now, in my bed,
(Knowing her love)
 That you fancy me dead—
And I rest so contentedly,
 Now in my bed,
(With her love at my breast)
 That you fancy me dead—
That you shudder to look at me,
 Thinking me dead:—

 

But my heart it is brighter
 Than all of the many
Stars in the sky,
 For it sparkles with Annie—
It glows with the light
 Of the love of my Annie—
With the thought of the light
 Of the eyes of my Annie.