“Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Nameless here for evermore.

— from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

 

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Illustration by James Carling, circa 1882

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