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    Fairyland

    by Edgar Allan Poe
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    Dim vales--and shadowy floods--
    And cloudy-looking woods,
    Whose forms we can't discover
    For the tears that drip all over
    Huge moons there wax and wane--
    Again--again--again--
    Every moment of the night--
    Forever changing places--
    And they put out the star-light
    With the breath from their pale faces.
    About twelve by the moon-dial
    One more filmy than the rest
    (A kind which, upon trial,
    They have found to be the best)
    Comes down--still down--and down
    With its centre on the crown
    Of a mountain's eminence,
    While its wide circumference
    In easy drapery falls
    Over hamlets, over halls,
    Wherever they may be--
    O'er the strange woods--o'er the sea--
    Over spirits on the wing--
    Over every drowsy thing--
    And buries them up quite
    In a labyrinth of light--
    And then, how deep!--O, deep!
    Is the passion of their sleep.
    In the morning they arise,
    And their moony covering
    Is soaring in the skies,
    With the tempests as they toss,
    Like--almost any thing--
    Or a yellow Albatross.
    They use that moon no more
    For the same end as before--
    Videlicet a tent--
    Which I think extravagant:
    Its atomies, however,
    Into a shower dissever,
    Of which those butterflies,
    Of Earth, who seek the skies,
    And so come down again
    (Never-contented thing!)
    Have brought a specimen
    Upon their quivering wings.

    1831
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