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Song by Edgar Allan Poe


"Song" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. This ballad was first published in Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827. The narrator speaks of a man who saw his former lover from afar on her wedding day.

The poem is believed to be a reference to his lost love Sarah Elmira Royster who broke off her engagement to Poe due to her father.

This poem consists of four stanzas with four lines. It has a rhyme scheme of ABAB.



I saw thee on thy bridal day-
  When a burning blush came o'er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay,
  The world all love before thee:

And in thine eye a kindling light
  (Whatever it might be)
Was all on Earth my aching sight
  Of Loveliness could see.

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame-
  As such it well may pass-
Though its glow hath raised a fiercer flame
  In the breast of him, alas!

Who saw thee on that bridal day,
  When that deep blush would come o'er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay;
  The world all love before thee.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Wedding, Relationship, Lost Love