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The One in Paradise

Written by: Edgar Allan Poe | Biography
 | Quotes (76) |
THOU wast that all to me love 
For which my soul did pine --
A green isle in the sea love 
A fountain and a shrine 
All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers 
And all the flowers were mine.

Ah dream too bright to last!
Ah starry Hope! that didst arise
But to be overcast!
A voice from out the Future cries 
"On! on!" -- but o'er the Past
(Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies
Mute motionless aghast!

For alas! alas! with me
The light of Life is o'er!
No more -- no more -- no more --
(Such language holds the solemn sea
To the sands upon the shore)
Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree 
Or the stricken eagle soar!

And all my days are trances 
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances 
And where thy footstep gleams --
In what ethereal dances 
By what eternal streams.



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