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The Sleeper

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon. An opiate vapor, dewy, dim, Exhales from out her golden rim, And, softly dripping, drop by drop, Upon the quiet mountain top, Steals drowsily and musically Into the universal valley. The rosemary nods upon the grave; The lily lolls upon the wave; Wrapping the fog about its breast, The...

Lenore

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac AH, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll!—a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river; And, Guy De Vere, hast thou no tear?—weep now or nevermore! See! on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy love, Lenore! Come! let the burial rite be read—the funeral song be sung!— An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so...

Sonnet—Silence

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac There are some qualities—some incorporate things,     That have a double life, which thus is made A type of that twin entity which springs     From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade. There is a two-fold Silence—sea and shore—     Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,     Newly with grass...

Annabel Lee

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac It was many and many a year ago,     In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there 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...

The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ‘’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door—     Only this, and nothing...

To One in Paradise

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac THOU wast all that to me, love, For which my soul did pine— A green isle in the sea, love, A fountain and a shrine, All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers, And all the flowers were mine. Ah, dream too bright to last! Ah, starry Hope! that didst arise But to be overcast! A voice from out the Future cries, “On! on!”—but o’er the Past (Dim...

The Bells

by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Edmund Dulac I. HEAR the sledges with the bells— Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of night! While the stars, that oversprinkle All the heavens, seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight; Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically...

The Shipwrecked Man and th...

One of Aesop’s Fables Illustrated by Arthur Rackham A Shipwrecked Man cast up on the beach fell asleep after his struggle with the waves. When he woke up, he bitterly reproached the Sea for its treachery in enticing men with its smooth and smiling surface, and then, when they were well embarked, turning in fury upon them and sending both ship and sailors to destruction. The Sea arose in the...

The Moon and Her Mother

One of Aesop’s Fables Illustrated by Arthur Rackham The Moon once begged her Mother to make her a gown. “How can I?” replied she; “there’s no fitting your figure. At one time you’re a New Moon, and at another you’re a Full Moon; and between whiles you’re neither one nor the other.” See larger image Goodnight Moon...

The Crab and His Mother

One of Aesop’s Fables Illustrated by Arthur Rackham An Old Crab said to her son, “Why do you walk sideways like that, my son? You ought to walk straight.” The Young Crab replied, “Show me how, dear mother, and I’ll follow your example.” The Old Crab tried, but tried in vain, and then saw how foolish she had been to find fault with her child. Example is better...