Oorspronkelijke titel: Preface
Eerste publicatie: 1829 (Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems)

Vertalingen en bewerkingen:
1985: Romance (Edgar Allan Poe – gedichten, Wijnand Steemers)


Romance who loves to nod and sing,

With drowsy head and folded wing,

Among the green leaves as they shake

Far down within some shadowy lake,

To me a painted paroquet

Hath been — a most familiar bird —

Taught me my alphabet to say —

To lisp my very earliest word

While in the wild wood I did lie

A child — with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal Condor years

So shake the Heavens on high

With tumult, as they thunder by,

I hardly have no time for idle cares

Thro’ gazing on th’ unquiet sky.

And, when an hour with calmer wings

Its down upon my spirit flings —

That little time with lyre and rhyme

To while away — forbidden things!

My heart would feel to be a crime

Unless it trembled with the strings!