The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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inhabitants. The houses were wildly picturesque.
On every hand was a wilderness of balconies, of verandas, of minarets,
of shrines, and fantastically carved oriels. Bazaars abounded; and
in these were displayed rich wares in infinite variety and
profusion--silks, muslins, the most dazzling cutlery, the most
magnificent jewels and gems. Besides these things, were seen, on all
sides, banners and palanquins, litters with stately dames close veiled,
elephants gorgeously caparisoned, idols grotesquely hewn, drums,
banners, and gongs, spears, silver and gilded maces. And amid the
crowd, and the clamor, and the general intricacy and confusion--amid
the million of black and yellow men, turbaned and robed, and of flowing
beard, there roamed a countless multitude of holy filleted bulls, while
vast legions of the filthy but sacred ape clambered, chattering and
shrieking, about the cornices of the mosques, or clung to the minarets
and oriels. From the swarming streets to the banks of the river, there
descended innumerable flights of steps leading to bathing places, while
the river itself seemed to force a passage with difficulty through the
vast fleets of deeply-burthened ships that far and wide encountered
its surface. Beyond the limits of the city arose, in frequent majestic
groups, the palm and the cocoa, with other gigantic and weird trees of
vast age, and here and there might be seen a field of rice, the thatched
hut of a peasant, a tank, a stray temple, a gypsy camp, or a solitary
graceful maiden taking her way, with a pitcher upon her head, to the
banks of the magnificent river.

“You will say now, of course, that I dreamed; but not so. What I
saw--what I heard--what I felt--what I thought--had about it nothing
of the unmistakable idiosyncrasy of the dream. All was rigorously
self-consistent. At first, doubting that I was really awake, I entered
into a series of tests, which soon convinced me that I really was.
Now, when one dreams, and, in the dream, suspects that he dreams, the
suspicion never fails to confirm itself, and the sleeper is almost
immediately aroused. Thus Novalis errs not in saying that ‘we are near
waking when we dream that we dream.’ Had the vision occurred to me as I
describe it, without my suspecting it as a dream, then a dream it might
absolutely have been, but, occurring as it did, and suspected and tested
as it was, I am forced to class it among other phenomena.”

“In this I am not sure that you are wrong,” observed Dr. Templeton, “but
proceed. You arose and descended into the city.”

“I arose,” continued Bedloe, regarding the Doctor with an air

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25 Above the closed and fringéd lid 'Neath which thy slumb'ring soul lies hid, That, o'er the floor and down the wall, Like ghosts the shadows rise and fall.
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10 And hither and thither fly; Mere puppets they, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things That shift the scenery to and fro, Flapping from out their condor wings 15 Invisible Woe.
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5 From an ultimate dim Thule: From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime, Out of Space--out of Time.
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" Thus I pacified Psyche and kissed her, And tempted her out of her gloom, And conquered her scruples and gloom; And we passed to the end of the vista, 75 But were stopped by the door of a tomb, By the door of a legended tomb; And I said--"What is written, sweet sister, On the door of this legended tomb?" She replied--"Ulalume--Ulalume-- 80 'T is the vault of thy lost Ulalume!" Then my heart it grew ashen and sober As the leaves that were crisped and sere, As the leaves that were withering and sere, And I cried--"It was surely October 85 On this very night of last year That I journeyed--I journeyed down here, That I brought a dread burden down here: On this night of all nights in the year, Ah, what demon has tempted me here? 90 Well I know, now, this dim lake of Auber, This misty mid region of Weir: Well I know, now, this dank tarn of Auber, This ghoul-haunted woodland.
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80 All alone, And who tolling, tolling, tolling In that muffled monotone, Feel a glory in so rolling On the human heart a stone-- 85 They are neither man nor woman, They are neither brute nor human, They are Ghouls: And their king it is who tolls; And he rolls, rolls, rolls, 90 Rolls A pæan from the bells; And his merry bosom swells With the pæan of the bells, And he dances, and he yells: 95 Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the pæan of the bells, Of the bells: Keeping time, time, time, 100 In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the throbbing of the bells, Of the bells, bells, bells-- To the sobbing of the bells; Keeping time, time, time, 105 As he knells, knells, knells, In a happy Runic rhyme, To the rolling of the bells, Of the bells, bells, bells: To the tolling of the bells, 110 Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells-- To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.
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I regarded her with an utter astonishment not unmingled with dread, and yet I found it impossible to account for such feelings.
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At the request of Usher, I personally aided him in the arrangements for the temporary entombment.
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Having rapidly taken notice of all this, I resumed the narrative of Sir Launcelot, which thus proceeded:-- "And now, the champion, having escaped from the terrible fury of the dragon, bethinking himself of the brazen shield, and of the breaking up of the enchantment which was upon it, removed the carcass from out of the way before him, and approached valorously over the silver pavement of the castle to where the shield was upon the wall; which in sooth tarried not for his full coming, but fell down at his feet upon the silver floor, with a mighty great and terrible ringing sound.
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To the moralist it will be unnecessary to say, in addition, that Wilson and myself were the most inseparable of companions.
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Of this defect I did not fail to take what poor advantage lay in my power.
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In a few seconds I forced him by sheer strength against the wainscoting, and thus, getting him at mercy, plunged my sword, with brute ferocity, repeatedly through and through his bosom.
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For some seconds I dared not open them--while I expected instant destruction, and wondered that I was not already in my death-struggles with the water.
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The lanterns having been lit, we all fell to work with a zeal worthy a more rational cause; and, as the glare fell upon our persons and implements, I could not help thinking how picturesque a group we composed, and how strange and suspicious our labors must have appeared to any interloper who, by chance, might have stumbled upon our whereabouts.
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"I paid especial attention to a large writing-table near which he sat, and upon which lay confusedly some miscellaneous letters and other papers, with one or two musical instruments and a few books.
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But then, the _radicalness_ of these differences, which was excessive; the dirt; the soiled and torn condition of the paper, so inconsistent with the _true_ methodical habits of D----, and so suggestive of a design to delude the beholder into an idea of the worthlessness of the document; these things, together with the hyperobtrusive situation of this document, full in the view of every visitor, and thus exactly in accordance with the conclusions to which I had previously arrived; these things, I say, were strongly corroborative of suspicion, in one who came with the intention to suspect.
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, and I just copied into the middle of the blank sheet the words-- '--Un dessein si funeste, S'il n'est digne d'Atrée, est digne de Thyeste.
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