Wednesday, March 23, 2011

not half so happy

... And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee...


Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), The Icebergs, 1861, oil on canvas, 64-1/2 by 112-1/2 inches, Dallas Museum of Art

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