Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Fanny,” Baltimore Saturday Visiter, May 18, 1833, p. 1, top of col. 1


[page 1, top of column 1:]

For the Baltimore Visiter.


The dying swan by northern lakes

Sing's [[Sings]] its wild death song, sweet and clear,

And as the solemn music breaks

O’er hill and glen dissolves in air;

Thus musical thy soft voice came,

Thus trembled on thy tongue my name.

Like sunburst through the ebon cloud,

Which veils the solemn midnight sky,

Piercing cold evening's sable shroud,

Thus came the first glance of that eye;

But like the adamantine rock,

My spirit met and braved the shock.

Let memory the boy recall

Who laid his heart upon thy shrine,

When far away his footsteps fall,

Think that he deem'd thy charms divine;

A victim on love's alter [[altar]] slain,

By witching eyes which looked disdain.




This poem was first attributed to Poe by John C. French. “Tamerlane,” of course, is the titular protagonist of the chief offering in Poe's first published collection of poetry, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827). One prior poem appeared in the Baltimore Saturday Visiter over the name “Tamerlane.” This other poem was titled “To ——” and was printed in the paper for the previous week. Both poems appear without introductory or explanatory text.


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