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Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!

How they clang, and clash, and roar !
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging,

And the clanging,

How the danger ebbs and flows;
Yet the ear distinctly tells,

In the jangling,

And the wrangling,

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How the danger sinks and swells,

By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells— Of the bells

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,

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In the clamour and the clangour of the bells!

Hear the tolling of the bells
Iron bells!

What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
In the silence of the night,

How we shiver with affright

At the melancholy menace of their tone!

For every sound that floats

From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.

And the people-ah, the people-
They that dwell up in the steeple,
All alone,

And who tolling, tolling, tolling,
In that muffled monotone,

Feel a glory in so rolling

On the human heart a stone

They are neither man nor woman-
They are neither brute nor human—

They are Ghouls:

And their king it is who tolls;
And he rolls, rolls, rolls,



pæan from the bells!
And his merry bosom swells
With the pean of the bells!
And he dances, and he yells;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the pæan of the bells-
Of the bells:

Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the throbbing of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells-
To the sobbing of the bells;
Keeping time, time, time,
As he knells, knells, knells,
In a happy Runic rhyme,
To the rolling of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells

To the tolling of the bells
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells-
Bells, bells, bells-

To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.


THE skies they were ashen and sober;

The leaves they were crispéd and sere―
The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
Of my most immemorial year;

It was hard by the dim lake of Auber,
In the misty mid region of Weir—

It was down by the dank tarn of Auber,
In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

Here once, through an alley Titanic,
Of cypress, I roamed with my soul-
Of cypress, with Pysche, my soul.
These were days when my heart was volcanic
As the scoriac rivers that roll-
As the lavas that restlessly roll
Their sulphurous currents down Yaanek
In the ultimate climes of the pole-
That groan as they roll down Mount Yaanek
In the realms of the boreal pole.

Our talk had been serious and sober,

But our thoughts they were palsied and sere— Our memories were treacherous and sereFor we knew not the month was October, And we marked not the night of the year(Ah, night of all nights in the year! We noted not the dim lake of Auber(Though once we had journeyed down hereRemembered not the dank tarn of Auber,

Nor the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

And now, as the night was senescent,
And star-dials pointed to morn—
As the star-dials hinted of morn-
At the end of our path a liquescent
And nebulous lustre was born,
Out of which a miraculous crescent
Arose with a duplicate horn-
Astarte's bediamonded crescent

Distinct with its duplicate horn.

And I said " She is warmer than Dian:
She rolls through an ether of sighs-

She revels in a region of sighs:
She has seen that the tears are not dry on

These cheeks, where the worm never dies,
And has come past the stars of the Lion
To point us the path to the skies-
To the Lethean peace of the skies—
Come up, in despite of the Lion,

To shine on us with her bright eyes-
Come up through the lair of the Lion,
With love in her luminous eyes."

But Psyche, uplifting her finger,

Said-" Sadly this star I mistrustHer pallor I strangely mistrust:Oh, hasten!-oh, let us not linger!

Oh, fly !—let us fly!-for we must." In terror she spoke, letting sink her

Wings until they trailed in the dust-
In agony sobbed, letting sink her

Plumes till they trailed in the dust-
Till they sorrowfully trailed in the dust.

I replied "This is nothing but dreaming:
Let us on by this tremulous light!
Let us bathe in this crystalline light!

Its Sybilic splendour is beaming

With hope and in beauty to-night :-
See!-it flickers up the sky through the night!

Ah, we safely may trust to its gleaming,
And be sure it will lead us aright-

We safely may trust to a gleaming

That cannot but guide us aright,

Since it flickers up to heaven through the night."

Thus I pacified Psyche, and kissed her,
And tempted her out of her gloom-
And conquered her scruples and gloom;

And we passed to the end of the vista,

But were stopped by the door of a tomb-
By the door of a legended tomb;

And I said "What is written, sweet sister,
On the door of this legended tomb?"


She replied " Ulalume-Ulalume-
'Tis the vault of thy lost Ulalume!"

Then my

heart it grew ashen and sober,

As the leaves that were crisped and sere― As the leaves that were withering and sere; And I cried-"It was surely October

On this very night of last year

That I journeyed-I journeyed down here-
That I brought a dead burden down here—
On this night of all nights in the year,
Ah, what demon has tempted me here?
Well I know, now, this dim lake of Auber-
This misty mid region of Weir-

Well I know, now, this dank tarn of Auber,
This ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir."

Annabel Lee.

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 was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee-

With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

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