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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

E D G A R A L L A N P O E

WITH ORIGINAL MEMOIR.

ILLUSTRATED BY F. R. PICKERSGILL, R.A.

JOHN TENNIEL, BIRKET FOSTER, FELIX DARLEY, JASPER CROPSEY,

P. DUGGAN, PERCIVAL SKELTON, AND A, M. MADOT,

NEW YORK :

J. S. REDFIELD, 34, BEEKMAN STREET.

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MDCCCLVIII.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

J. S. REDFIELD,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of

New York.

PREFACE.

THESE trifles are collected and republished chiefly with a view

to their redemption from the many improvements to which they

have been subjected while going at random“ the rounds of the

press.

I am naturally anxious 'that what I have written should

circulate as I wrote it, if it circulate at all. In defence of my

own taste, nevertheless, it is incumbent upon me to say that I think nothing in this volume of much value to the public, or

very creditable to myself. Events not to be controlled have

prevented me from making, at any time, any serious effort in

what, under happier circumstances, would have been the field

of my choice. With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a

passion; and the passions should be held in reverence; they

must not-they cannot at will be excited, with an eye to the

paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations of

mankind.

E. A. P.

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