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Timothy Thomas Fortune

Timothy Thomas Fortune was born in Marianna, Florida, in 1856. He is the author of the poetry collection Dreams of Life: Miscellaneous Poems (Fortune and Peterson, 1905). He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1928.

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Edgar Allan Poe

I know not why, but it is true—it may,
In some way, be because he was a child
Of the fierce sun where I first wept and smiled—
I love the dark-browed Poe. His feverish day
Was spent in dreams inspired, that him beguiled,
When not along his path shone forth one ray
Of light, of hope, to guide him on the way,
That to earth's cares he might be reconciled.
Not one of all Columbia's tuneful choir
Has pitched his notes to such a matchless key
As Poe—the wizard of the Orphic lyre!
Not one has dreamed, has sung, such songs as he,
   Who, like an echo came, an echo went,
   Singing, back to his mother element.