To the River —

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

Vertalingen en bewerkingen:
1985: Aan de rivier (Edgar Allan Poe – gedichten, Wijnand Steemers)


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 his heart, as in thy stream,

Her image deeply lies —

His heart which trembles at the beam

Of her soul-searching eyes.