Edgar Allan Poe: Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

49. TO THE RIVER ----

FAIR river! in thy bright, clear flow
    Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
        Of beauty - the unhidden heart -
        The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter;

But when within thy wave she looks -
        Which glistens then, and trembles -
Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
        Her worshipper resembles;
For in my heart, as in thy stream,
    Her image deeply lies -
His heart which trembles at the beam
    Of her soul-searching eyes.


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