Lenore

         Ah, broken is the golden bowl!
            The spirit flown forever!
         Let the bell toll! - A saintly soul
            Glides down the Stygian river!
         And let the burial rite be read -
            The funeral song be sung -
         A dirge for the most lovely dead
            That ever died so young!
               And, Guy de Vere,
               Hast thou no tear?
                  Weep now or nevermore!
               See, on yon drear
               And rigid bier,
                  Low lies thy love Lenore!

"Yon heir, whose cheeks of pallid hue
   With tears are streaming wet,
Sees only, through
Their crocodile dew,
   A vacant coronet -
      False friends! ye loved her for her wealth
         And hated her for her pride,
      And, when she fell in feeble health,
         Ye blessed her - that she died.
            How shall the ritual, then, be read?
               The requiem how be sung
            For her most wrong'd of all the dead
               That ever died so young?"

Peccavimus!
But rave not thus!
   And let the solemn song
Go up to God so mournfully that she may feel no wrong!
The sweet Lenore
Hath "gone before"
   With young hope at her side,
      And thou art wild
      Fot the dear child
   That should have been thy bride -
         For her, the fair
         And debonair,
   That now so lowly lies -
The life still there
Upon her hair,
   The death upon her eyes.

"Avaunt! - to-night
My heart is light -
   No dirge will I upraise,
But waft the angel on her flight
   With a Pæan of old days!
         Let no bell toll!
         Lest her sweet soul,
            Amid its hallow'd mirth,
               Should catch the note
               As it doth float
            Up from the damned earth -
               To friends above, from fiends below, th' indignant ghost is riven -
                  From grief and moan
                  To a gold throne
               Beside the King of Heaven!"