Ligeia und andere Novellen; Sieben Gedichte

By Edgar Allan Poe

Page 73

-- Nein -- nein!
Ein Ärmster sann ich einen Thron
Der halben Welt als mein -- als mein --
Noch grollend über niedres Los.
Und doch, es waren Träume bloß,
Die mit dem Dampf des Taus verflogen
Gleich jedem andern Traum, vom Strahl
Der Schönheit lieblich angezogen,
Der meinem Geist das Dunkel stahl.

Wir schritten beide auf der Krone
Weit hohen Bergs, der niederschaute
Auf stolz getürmte Felsenthrone --
Auf Wald, der Höhen überbaute --
Auf Hügel, die sich talwärts senkten
Und tausend Quellen Leben schenkten.

Ich sprach zu ihr von Ruhm und Macht,
Geheimnisvoll, als sollte dies
Gerede zu nichts anderm taugen
Als nur zum Spiel; in ihren Augen
Las ich, vielleicht zu unbedacht,
Ein Fühlen, das Verstehen hieß.
Ihr klar Erröten schien zu schön
Zu kleiden königliche Höhn,
Als daß es immerfort allein
Licht in der Wildnis sollte sein.

Dann hüllte ich mich selbst in Glanz
Mit eingebildeter Krone auf --
Nicht war's, daß Phantasie allein
Mich hold geschmückt mit ihrem Kranz,
Nein, daß im großen Menschenhauf
Der Löwe Ehrsucht lahm und klein
Sich duckt vor eines Wächters Hand.
Doch nicht in Wüsten, wo der Starke,
Der Wilde schwört, mit ihrem Marke
Zu schüren seines Feuers Brand!

Blick um dich jetzt auf Samarkand!
Ist sie nicht Königin der Erde?
Sind alle Städte mehr denn Herde
Vor ihrer hohen Herrscherhand?
Steht sie erhaben nicht, allein,
Im Glanz, den je die Welt gekannt?
Fiel sie -- könnt' nicht ihr ärmster Stein
Der Sockel eines Thrones sein? --
Und wer ihr Herrscher? -- _Timur_ -- er,
Den das erstaunte Volk allda
-- Gekrönten Räuber! -- stolz und hehr
Hin über Reiche schreiten sah!

O Menschenliebe! Ausgegossen
Als Geist von allem, was erschlossen
Uns zeigen mag die Himmelswelt!
Die du, wie Regen frisch bestellt
Schirokko-dürres Sommerfeld,
Die Seele

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