To Helen

Author: Edgar Allan Poe  | Date: 1831


Helen, thy beauty is to me

Like those Nicean barks of yore,

That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,

The weary, wayworn wanderer bore

To his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,

Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,

Thy Naiad airs have brought me home

To the glory that was Greece

And the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche

How statue-like I see thee stand,

The agate lamp within thy hand!

Ah, Psyche, from the regions which

Are Holy Land!


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Chicago: Edgar Allan Poe, "To Helen," To Helen Original Sources, accessed June 14, 2024,

MLA: Poe, Edgar Allan. "To Helen." To Helen, Original Sources. 14 Jun. 2024.

Harvard: Poe, EA, 'To Helen' in To Helen. Original Sources, retrieved 14 June 2024, from