ONCE IT SMILED
A SILENT DELL
WHERE THE PEOPLE DIDN´T DWELL;
THEY´D GONE UNTO THE WARS,
TRUSTING TO THE MILD-EYED STARS,
NIGHTLY, FROM THEIR TOWERS,
TO KEEP WATCH ABOVE THE FLOWERS,
IN THE MIDST OF WHICH ALL DAY

THE RED SUNLIGHT LAY.
NOW EACH VISITOR SHALL CONFESS
THE SAD VALLEY'S RESTLESSNESS.
NOTHING THERE IS MOTIONLESS--
NOTHING SAVE THE AIRS
THAT BROOD OVER THE MAGIC SOLITUDE.
BY NO WIND ARE STIRRED
THOSE TREES THAT PALPITATE

AROUND THE MISTY HEBRIDES!
BY NO WIND THOSE CLOUDS ARE DRIVEN
THAT RUSTLE THROUGH HEAVEN
UNEASILY, FROM MORN TILL EVEN,
OVER THE VIOLETS THERE THAT LIE
IN MYRIAD TYPES OF THE HUMAN EYE--
OVER THE LILIES THERE THAT WAVE
AND WEEP ABOVE A NAMELESS GRAVE!

THEY WAVE:--FROM OUT THEIR FRAGRANT TOPS
ETERNAL DEWS COME DOWN IN DROPS.
THEY WEEP:--FROM OFF THEIR DELICATE STEMS
PERENNIAL TEARS DESCEND IN GEMS.

Edgar Allan Poe (The Valley of Unrest)


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