The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe Including Essays on Poetry

By Edgar Allan Poe

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The Humanitarians held that God was to be understood as
having really a human form.--'Vide Clarke's Sermons', vol. I, page 26,
fol. edit.

The drift of Milton's argument leads him to employ language which would
appear, at first sight, to verge upon their doctrine; but it will be
seen immediately, that he guards himself against the charge of having
adopted one of the most ignorant errors of the dark ages of the
Church.--'Dr. Sumner's Notes on Milton's Christian Doctrine'.

This opinion, in spite of many testimonies to the contrary, could never
have been very general. Andeus, a Syrian of Mesopotamia, was condemned
for the opinion, as heretical. He lived in the beginning of the fourth
century. His disciples were called Anthropomorphites.--'Vide du Pin'.

Among Milton's minor poems are these lines:

Dicite sacrorum praeesides nemorum Dese, etc.,
Quis ille primus cujus ex imagine
Natura solers finxit humanum genus?
Eternus, incorruptus, aequaevus polo,
Unusque et universus exemplar Dei.

--And afterwards,

Non cui profundum Caecitas lumen dedit
Dircaeus augur vidit hunc alto sinu, etc.]

[Footnote 12:

Seltsamen Tochter Jovis
Seinem Schosskinde
Der Phantasie.


[Footnote 13: Sightless--too small to be seen.--'Legge'.]

[Footnote 14: I have often noticed a peculiar movement of the
fire-flies; they will collect in a body and fly off, from a common
centre, into innumerable radii.]

[Footnote 15: Therasaea, or Therasea, the island mentioned by Seneca,
which, in a moment, arose from the sea to the eyes of astonished

[Footnote 16:

Some star which, from the ruin'd roof
Of shak'd Olympus, by mischance did fall.


[Footnote 17: Voltaire, in speaking of Persepolis, says,

"Je connais bien l'admiration qu'inspirent ces ruines--mais un palais
erige au pied d'une chaine de rochers steriles--peut-il etre un chef
d'oeuvre des arts!"]

[Footnote 18: "Oh, the wave"--Ula Deguisi is the Turkish appellation;
but, on its own shores, it is called Baliar Loth, or Al-motanah. There
were undoubtedly more than two cities engulphed in the "dead sea." In
the valley of Siddim were five--Adrah, Zeboin, Zoar, Sodom and Gomorrah.
Stephen of Byzantium mentions eight, and Strabo thirteen (engulphed)
--but the last is out of all reason. It is said (Tacitus, Strabo,
Josephus, Daniel of St. Saba, Nau, Maundrell, Troilo, D'Arvieux), that
after an excessive drought, the vestiges of columns, walls, etc., are
seen above the surface. At 'any' season, such remains may be discovered
by looking down into the transparent lake, and at such distance as would
argue the existence of many settlements in the space now usurped by the

[Footnote 19: Eyraco-Chaldea.]

[Footnote 20: I have often

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heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door-- Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door; This it is and nothing more.
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" Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, "Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is.
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"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee--by these angels he hath sent thee Respite--respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore! Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore.
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yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-- On this home by Horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore-- Is there--_is_ there balm in Gilead?--tell me--tell me, I implore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore.
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There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine.
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To the right and left, in the middle of each wall, a tall and narrow Gothic window looked out upon a closed corridor which pursued the windings of the suite.
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His plans were bold and fiery, and his conceptions glowed with barbaric lustre.
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Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are.
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The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat.
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Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
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It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend.
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"It is farther on," said I; "but observe the white web-work which gleams from these cavern walls.
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" "It is this," I answered, producing a trowel from beneath the folds of my _roquelaire_.
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"Proceed," I said; "herein is the Amontillado.
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But now there came from out the niche a low laugh that erected the hairs upon my head.
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For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.