Author: Poe, Edgar Allen
Title: To M.L.S.
Publisher: Eris Etext Project
Tag(s): literature; allen; soft; absence; presence; night; murmured; morning; sun; heaven; utterly; edgar; words; hail; sacred; allan; poe; american; blotting; american literature
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Size: 143 words (really short) Grade range: 10-13 (high school) Readability score: 63 (easy)
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1847 TO M.L.S. by Edgar Allan Poe Of all who hail thy presence as the morning- Of all to whom thine absence is the night- The blotting utterly from out high heaven The sacred sun- of all who, weeping, bless thee Hourly for hope- for life- ah! above all, For the resurrection of deep-buried faith In Truth- in Virtue- in Humanity- Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen At thy soft-murmured words, "Let there be light!" At the soft-murmured words that were fulfilled In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes- Of all who owe thee most- whose gratitude Nearest resembles worship- oh, remember The truest- the most fervently devoted, And think that these weak lines are written by him- By him who, as he pens them, thrills to think His spirit is communing with an angel's. -THE END- .