Spirits of the Dead
by: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the gray tombstone
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.
Be silent in that solitude
Which is not lonelinessfor then
The spirits of the dead who stood
In life before thee are again
In death around theeand their will
Shall overshadow thee: be still.
The nighttho' clearshall frown
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven,
With light like Hope to mortals given
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee forever.
Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish
Now are visions ne'er to vanish
From thy spirit shall they pass
No morelike dew-drops from the grass.
The breezethe breath of Godis still
And the mist upon the hill
Is a symbol and a token
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!