Ligeia und andere Novellen; Sieben Gedichte

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Teufel --
Schwör's beim Himmel uns zu Häupten -- schwör's beim Gott, den ich
Schwör's der Seele so voll Grauen: soll dort fern in Edens Gauen
Ich ein strahlend Mädchen schauen, die bei Engeln heißt Lenor --
Sie, die Himmlische, umarmen, die bei Engeln heißt Lenor?«
Sprach der Rabe: »Nie du Tor.«

»Sei dies Wort dein letztes, Rabe oder Feind! Zurück zum Grabe!
Fort! zurück in Plutons Nächte!« schrie ich auf und fuhr empor.
»Laß mein Schweigen ungebrochen! Deine Lüge, frech gesprochen,
Hat mir weh das Herz durchstochen. -- Fort, von deinem Thron hervor!
Heb dein Wort aus meinem Herzen -- heb dich fort, vom Thron hervor!«
Sprach der Rabe: »Nie du Tor.«

Und der Rabe rührt sich nimmer, sitzt noch immer, sitzt noch immer
Auf der blassen Pallasbüste, die er sich zum Thron erkor.
Seine Augen träumen trunken wie Dämonen traumversunken;
Mir zu Füßen hingesunken droht sein Schatten tot empor.
Hebt aus Schatten meine Seele je sich wieder frei empor? --
Nimmermehr -- o, nie du Tor!


Ist ein Königreich an des Meeres Strand,
Da war es, da lebte sie --
Lang, lang ist es her -- und sie sei euch genannt
Mit dem Namen _Annabel Lee_.
Und ihr Leben und Denken war ganz gebannt
In Liebe -- und _mich_ liebte sie.

In dem Königreich an des Meeres Strand
Ein Kind noch war ich und war sie,
Doch wir liebten mit Liebe, die mehr war denn dies --
Ich und meine _Annabel Lee_ --
Mit Liebe, daß strahlende Seraphim
Begehrten mich und sie.

Und das war der Grund, daß vor Jahren und Jahr
Eine Wolke Winde spie,
Die frostig durchfuhren am Meeresstrand

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