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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "To the River " (H), The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, vol. II, 1850, p. 95.]
 

[page 95:]

  TO THE RIVER .
 
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FAIR river ! in thy bright, clear flow
    Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
        Of beauty the unhidden heart
        The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter ;
 

But when within thy wave she looks
        Which glistens then, and trembles
Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
        Her worshipper resembles ;
For in his heart, as in thy stream,
    Her image deeply lies
His heart which trembles at the beam
    Of her soul-searching eyes.

 

 
[This version is identical to that printed in The Raven and Other Poems (1845), with no changes in words or punctuation.]
 
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