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A Cento for Poe

A Cento is a poem constructed from lines or fragments of other poetry. This poem is uncommon in that as a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, all the fragments come from Poe's work.


A Cento for Poe

The angels, not half so happy in heaven
Because I feel that, in the heavens above,
At morn-at noon-at twilight dim-
To friends above, from fiends below,
the indignant ghost is riven.
Eternal dews come down in drops
By a route obscure and lonely,
With storms -- but where meanwhile
Joy’s voice so peacefull departed
murmuring in melody.
So shake the very Heaven on high
O God! on my funeral mind.
I mourn not that the desolate are
happier sweet, than I
But to be overcast, a voice from the future cries.
An angel throng, bedwinged, bedight
In veils and drowned in tears,
Comes down -- still down -- and down
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Can struggle to its destin’d eminence.