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    The Happiest Day

    by Edgar Allan Poe
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    I. The happiest day--the happiest hour
    My seared and blighted heart hath known,
    The highest hope of pride and power,
    I feel hath flown.

    II. Of power! said I? Yes! such I ween
    But they have vanished long, alas!
    The visions of my youth have been--
    But let them pass.

    III. And pride, what have I now with thee?
    Another brow may ev'n inherit
    The venom thou hast poured on me--
    Be still my spirit!

    IV. The happiest day--the happiest hour
    Mine eyes shall see--have ever seen
    The brightest glance of pride and power
    I feel have been:

    V. But were that hope of pride and power
    Now offered with the pain
    Ev'n _then_ I felt--that brightest hour
    I would not live again:

    VI. For on its wing was dark alloy
    And as it fluttered--fell
    An essence--powerful to destroy
    A soul that knew it well.

    1827.
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