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Poem by Edgar Allan Poe


Romance


Romance, who loves to nod and sing,
With drowsy head and folded wing,
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been- a most familiar bird-
Taught me my alphabet to say-
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child- with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal Condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky.
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings-
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away- forbidden things!
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

1829-1831

Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe's other poems:
  1. The Divine Right of Kings
  2. In Youth I have Known One
  3. An Acrostic
  4. Enigma
  5. Sancta Maria


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Andrew Lang Romance ("MY Love dwelt in a Northern land")
  • Robert Service Romance ("In Paris on a morn of May")
  • Claude McKay Romance ("To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed")

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