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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Edgar Allan Poe. 1809–1849
 
91. To Helen
 
HELEN, thy beauty is to me 
  Like those Nicæan barks of yore, 
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, 
  The weary, wayworn wanderer bore 
  To his own native shore.         5
  
On desperate seas long wont to roam, 
  Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, 
Thy Naiad airs, have brought me home 
  To the glory that was Greece 
  And the grandeur that was Rome.  10
  
Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche 
  How statue-like I see thee stand, 
The agate lamp within thy hand! 
  Ah, Psyche, from the regions which 
  Are Holy Land!  15
 
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