The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe/Volume 2/To Zante

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

To Zante
 

TO ZANTE.

 

Fair isle, that from the fairest of all flowers,
 Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take!
How many memories of what radiant hours
 At sight of thee and thine at once awake!
How many scenes of what departed bliss!
 How many thoughts of what entombéd hopes!
How many visions of a maiden that is
 No more—no more upon thy verdant slopes!
No more! alas, that magical sad sound
 Transforming all! Thy charms shall please no more
Thy memory no more! Accurséd ground
 Henceforth I hold thy flower-enamelled shore,
O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!
 "Isola d'oro! Fior di Levante!"