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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
V. Death and Bereavement
Annabel Lee
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)
 
IT was many and many a year ago,
  In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden lived, whom you may know
  By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought        5
  Than to love, and be loved by me.
 
I was a child and she was a child,
  In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love,
  I and my Annabel Lee,—        10
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of heaven
  Coveted her and me.
 
And this was the reason that long ago,
  In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling        15
  My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her high-born kinsmen came,
  And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre,
  In this kingdom by the sea.        20
 
The angels, not so happy in heaven,
  Went envying her and me.
Yes! that was the reason (as all men know)
  In this kingdom by the sea,
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,        25
  Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
 
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
  Of those who were older than we,
  Of many far wiser than we;
And neither the angels in heaven above,        30
  Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
  Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
 
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
  Of the beautiful Annabel Lee,        35
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
  Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
And so, all the night-tide I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life, and my bride,
  In her sepulchre there by the sea,        40
  In her tomb by the sounding sea.
 
 
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