Der Rabe

Genre: Horror, Short
14 min

into smiling,

Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front

of bird, and bust and door;

Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook

myself to linking

Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous

bird of yore

What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt,

and ominous bird of yore

Meant in croaking Nevermore.

This I sat engaged in guessing,

but no syllable expressing

To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into

my bosoms core;

This and more I sat divining,

On the cushions velvet lining that the lamp-

light gloated oer,

But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-

light gloating oer,

She shall press,

ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser,

perfumed from an unseen censer

Swung by Seraphim

whose foot-falls tinkled

on the tufted floor.

Wretch, I cried,

thy God hath lent thee

by these angels he hath sent thee

Respiterespite and nepenthe

from thy memories of Lenore;

Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe

and forget

this lost Lenore!

Quoth the Raven,


Prophet! said I, thing of evil!

prophet still, if bird or devil!

Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest

tossed thee here ashore,

Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert

land enchanted

On this home by Horror haunted

tell me truly, I implore

Is thereis there balm in Gilead?

tell metell me, I implore!

Quoth the Raven,


Prophet! said I, thing of evil!

prophet still, if bird or devil!

By that Heaven that bends above us

by that God we both adore

Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within

the distant Aidenn,

It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the

angels name Lenore

Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the

angels name Lenore.

Quoth the Raven,


"Be that word our sign of parting,

bird or fiend! I shrieked, upstarting

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