Ligeia und andere Novellen; Sieben Gedichte

By Edgar Allan Poe

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eine bedeutungsvolle Röte, und die blauen Adern auf
ihrer bleichen hohen Stirn schwollen an. Und wenn mein Wesen für einen
Augenblick in Mitleid schmolz, so traf mich im nächsten das Aufleuchten
ihrer bedeutsamen Augen -- und meine Seele entsetzte sich und wurde von
einem Schwindel ergriffen, wie er uns befällt, wenn wir hinab in einen
grausig düsteren, unergründlichen Abgrund spähen.

Muß ich noch sagen, daß ich mit tiefem, aufreibendem Verlangen die
Stunde von Morellas Ableben herbeiwünschte? Ich tat es. Aber der
schwache Geist klammerte sich noch Tage, Wochen, Monate an seine
zerbrechliche Hülle, und es kam so weit, daß meine gemarterten Nerven
Herrschaft über mich gewannen. Dies Hinzögern machte mich rasend, und
mein teuflisches Herz verfluchte die Tage und die Stunden und die
bitteren Minuten, die länger und länger zu werden schienen, je mehr ihr
zartes Leben dahinschmolz, wie Schatten länger und länger werden im
sterbenden Tag.

Aber eines Herbstabends, als alle Winde im Himmelsraum schliefen, rief
mich Morella an ihr Bett. Ein trüber Nebel lagerte über der Erde und ein
warmer Glanz auf den Wassern, und die Farben des herbstlichen Waldes
glühten so bunt, als sei ein Regenbogen vom Firmament herabgefallen und
in Millionen bunte Scherben zersplittert. »Dies ist der Tag der Tage«,
sagte sie, als ich zu ihr trat. »Der Tag der Tage -- sei es zum Leben
oder Sterben. Ein schöner Tag für die Söhne der Erde und des Lebens --
ah, schöner noch für die Töchter des Himmels und des Todes!«

Ich küßte sie auf die Stirn, und sie fuhr fort:

»Ich sterbe, dennoch werde ich leben!«

»Morella!«

»Die Tage, da du mich lieben konntest, sind nie gekommen -- doch sie,
die du im Leben verabscheutest -- im Tode sollst du sie anbeten.«

»Morella!«

»Ich wiederhole es -- ich sterbe. Doch in mir lebt ein Unterpfand der
Neigung, die du -- ach wie gering! -- für mich, Morella, fühltest. Und
wenn mein Geist entflieht, wird das Kind leben -- dein Kind und meines,
Morellas! Doch deine Tage werden Tage der Sorge sein -- der Sorge, die
beständiger ist als alles andere, gleichwie die Zypresse ausdauernder
ist als alle anderen Bäume. Denn die Stunden deines Glückes sind
vorüber, und Freude erblüht nicht zweimal im Leben, nicht zweimal, wie
die Rosen von Paestum zweimal blühen im Jahre. Rebe und Myrte werden dir
unbekannt sein, und du wirst, gleich den Moslemin in Mekka, auf Erden
schon dein Leichentuch mit dir herumtragen.«

»Morella!« schrie ich auf, »Morella! Wie kannst du das wissen?«

Aber sie wendete das Gesicht ab, und ein leises Zittern überlief ihre
Glieder. Sie starb, und ihre herrliche, ihre entsetzliche Stimme war
tot.

Doch wie sie es vorausgesagt hatte, geschah es.

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Text Comparison with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Comprising the details of a mutiny and atrocious butchery on board the American brig Grampus, on her way to the South Seas, in the month of June, 1827.

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The manner in which this _ruse_ was received has induced me at length to undertake a regular compilation and publication of the adventures in question; for I found that, in spite of the air of fable which had been so ingeniously thrown around that portion of my statement which appeared in the Messenger (without altering or distorting a single fact), the public were still not at all disposed to receive it as fable, and several letters were sent to Mr.
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Several men were on the look-out forward, but did not perceive our boat until it was an impossibility to avoid coming in contact--their shouts of warning upon seeing us were what so terribly alarmed me.
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In every other direction around was wedged as closely as possible, even up to the ceiling, a complete chaos of almost every species of ship-furniture, together with a heterogeneous medley of crates, hampers, barrels, and bales, so that it seemed a matter no less than miraculous that we had discovered any passage at all to the box.
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Upon awaking I felt strangely confused in mind, and some time elapsed before I could bring to recollection all the various circumstances of my situation.
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Having found them, I examined them closely to ascertain if they emitted any light from the stateroom; but none was visible.
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It was near daybreak, however, before he completed the second division of the board (which was about a foot above the first cut), thus making an aperture quite large enough to admit his passage through with facility to the main orlop deck.
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No one else came down into the forecastle during the day, and at night I got into Augustus's berth, where I slept soundly and sweetly until nearly daybreak, when he awakened me upon hearing a stir upon deck, and I regained my hiding-place as quickly as possible.
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But we had now no time left for question or surmise--the brig was within fifty feet of us, and it seemed to be her intention to run under our counter, that we might board her without her putting out a boat.
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But when I had ceased speaking, he said that he knew very well all I had said was true, and that to resort to such a course was the most horrible alternative which could enter into the mind of man; but that he had now held out as long as human nature could be sustained; that it was unnecessary for all to perish, when, by the death of one, it was possible, and even probable, that the rest might be finally preserved; adding that I might save myself the trouble of trying to turn him from his purpose, his mind having been thoroughly made up on the subject even before the appearance of the ship, and that only her heaving in sight had prevented him from mentioning his intention at an earlier period.
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The quantity we took in all did not amount to more than half a gallon; but even this scanty allowance supplied us with comparative strength and hope.
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At sunrise we were preparing to renew our attempts at getting up something from the storeroom, when, a smart shower coming on, with some lightning, we turned our attention to the catching of water by means of the sheet we had used before for this purpose.
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The next process is.
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"The corvette Atrevida practised, in their immediate vicinity, from the twenty-first to the twenty-seventh of January, all the necessary observations, and measured by chronometers the difference of longitude between these islands and the port of Soledad in the Malninas.
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While north of this latitude, say between sixty and sixty-five south, we frequently had great difficulty in finding a passage for the vessel between the immense and almost innumerable ice islands, some of which were from one to two miles in circumference, and more than five hundred feet above the surface of the water.
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The four canoes followed us in, keeping, however, at a respectful distance.
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We accordingly went on, keeping a wary eye upon the manoeuvres of the savages, and not permitting them to divide our numbers by pushing in between.
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When the monarch had made an end of his meal, we commenced a series of cross-questioning in every ingenious manner we could devise, with a view of discovering what were the chief productions of the country, and whether any of them might be turned to profit.
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The whole length of the ravine might have been a mile and a half, or probably two miles.
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A pistol fired might suffice to apprize them that something wrong had occurred; but the report could not possibly inform them that their only prospect of safety lay in getting out of the harbour forthwith--it could not tell them that no principles of honour now bound them to remain, that their companions were no longer among the living.
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Not far from the spring we discovered several of the filbert-bushes which I mentioned before.