The Valley of Unrest
Edgar Allan Poe
Alone Annabel Lee The Bells Bridal Ballad The City in the Sea The Coliseum A Dream A Dream Within a Dream Eldorado Evening Star Fairy-Land For Annie The Haunted Palace Hymn Lenore The Raven Romance Serenade The Sleeper Song Spirits of the Dead Tamerlane To Helen To My Mother A Valentine The Valley of Unrest
Once it smiled a silent dell Where the people did not dwell; They had gone unto the wars, Trusting to the mild-eyed stars, Nightly, from their azure towers, To keep watch above the flowers, In the midst of which all day The red sunlight lazily lay. Now each visitor shall confess The sad valley's restlessness. Nothing there is motionless- Nothing save the airs that brood Over the magic solitude. Ah, by no wind are stirred those trees That palpitate like the chill seas Around the misty Hebrides! Ah, by no wind those clouds are driven That rustle through the unquiet Heaven Uneasily, from morn till even, Over the violets there that lie In myriad types of the human eye- Over the lilies there that wave And weep above a nameless grave! They wave:- from out their fragrant tops Eternal dews come down in drops. They weep:- from off their delicate stems Perennial tears descend in gems.