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AN ENIGM A.

“SELDOM we find,” says Solomon Don Dunce,

“Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet. Through all the flimsy things we see at once

As easily as through a Naples bonnet

Trash of all trash !—how can a lady don it ? Yet heavier far than your Petrarchan stuff, Owl-downy nonsense that the faintest puff

Twirls into trunk-paper the while you con it.” And, veritably, Sol is right enough. The general tuckermanities are arrant Bubbles-ephemeral and so transparent

But this is, now-you may depend upon it

Stable, opaque, immortal—all by dint
Of the dear names that lie concealed within 't.

[The names concealed within this sonnet will appear, when read by the clue already given to “A Valentine."]

ANNABEL LEE.

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know

By the name of ANNABEL LEE;'
And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love which was more than love-

I and my ANNABEL LEE;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

Coveted her and me.

moow never

me cheams

For the

beams without bringing
of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I ree the bright

eyes
of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
of my darling, my darling my life and my

bride
In her repulchre there by the real
In her tout by the ride of the rea.

FAC-SIMILE OF THE MS. OF “ANNABEL LEE.

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