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ANNABEL LEE.

by Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE; -

And
this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and She was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,

But
we loved with a love that was more than love -
I and my ANNABEL LEE -

With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And
this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud by night
Chilling my ANNABEL LEE;
So that her high-born kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up, in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The
angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me;

Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud, chilling
And killing my ANNABEL LEE.

But
our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we -
Of many far wiser than we -
And
neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can
ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE: -
For
the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE;
And
the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride
In her sepulchre there by the sea -
In her tomb by the side of the sea.



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