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To M‑‑

Language: English

O! I care not that my earthly lot
      Hath little of Earth in it,
That years of love have been forgot
      In the fever of a minute:

I heed not that the desolate
      Are happier, sweet, than I,
But that you meddle with my fate
      Who am a passerby.

It is not that my founts of bliss
      Are gushing -- strange! with tears --
Or that the thrill of a single kiss
      Hath palsied many years --

'Tis not that the flowers of twenty springs
      Which have wither'd as they rose
Lie dead on my heart-strings
      With the weight of an age of snows.

Not that the grass -- O! may it thrive!
      On my grave is growing or grown-
But that, while I am dead yet alive
      I cannot be, lady, alone.

Translation(s): FRE

First published in the Southern Literary Messenger, July 1835; revised and retitled "To One Departed" and printed in Graham's Magazine, March 1842.


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Set in French (Fran├žais), a translation by Stéphane Mallarmé (1842 - 1898) , title 1: "À F.", from Les Poèmes d'Edgar Poe, published 1889 [an adaptation] ENG
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Edgar Allan Poe) , title 1: "To F--", 1845, published 1845 [an adaptation]

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