To Mary

Eerste publicatie: Juli 1835 (Southern Literary Messenger)
Annotatie: In maart 1842 kreeg het de titel ‘To One Departed’ en op 26 april 1845 ‘To F-’(To Frances).

Vertalingen en bewerkingen:
1941: AAN…. (Letterkundig maandblad Criterium, 2e jaargang, nr. 5)


BELOVED! amid the earnest woes

That crowd around my earthly path —

(Drear path, alas! where grows

Not even one lonely rose) —

My soul at least a solace hath

In dreams of thee, and therein knows

An Eden of bland repose.

And thus thy memory is to me

Like some enchanted far-off isle

In some tumultuous sea —

Some ocean throbbing far and free

With storms — but where meanwhile

Serenest skies continually

Just o’re that one bright island smile.