The Bells

Author: Edgar Allan Poe  | Date: 1849


Hear the sledges with the bells-

Silver bells!

What a world of merriment their melody foretells!

How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,

In the icy air of night!

While the stars that oversprinkle

All the heavens, seem to twinkle

With a crystalline delight;

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells

From the bells, bells, bells, bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.


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Chicago: Edgar Allan Poe, "I," The Bells Original Sources, accessed June 14, 2024,

MLA: Poe, Edgar Allan. "I." The Bells, Original Sources. 14 Jun. 2024.

Harvard: Poe, EA, 'I' in The Bells. Original Sources, retrieved 14 June 2024, from