Edgar Allan Poe

Serenade

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.






So sweet the hour, so calm the time,
  I feel it more than half a crime,
  When Nature sleeps and stars are mute,
  To mar the silence ev'n with lute.
  At rest on ocean's brilliant dyes
  An image of Elysium lies:
  Seven Pleiades entranced in Heaven,
  Form in the deep another seven:
  Endymion nodding from above
  Sees in the sea a second love.
  Within the valleys dim and brown,
  And on the spectral mountain's crown,
  The wearied light is dying down,
  And earth, and stars, and sea, and sky
  Are redolent of sleep, as I
  Am redolent of thee and thine
  Enthralling love, my Adeline.
  But list, O list,- so soft and low
  Thy lover's voice tonight shall flow,
  That, scarce awake, thy soul shall deem
  My words the music of a dream.
  Thus, while no single sound too rude
  Upon thy slumber shall intrude,
  Our thoughts, our souls- O God above!
  In every deed shall mingle, love.

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