Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reader 1 

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;

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And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.

 

Reader 2 

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea;

But we loved with a love that was more than love-

I and my Annabel Lee;

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With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

Coveted her and me.

 

Reader 3 

And this was the reason that, long ago,

In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful Annabel Lee;

So that her highborn kinsman came

And bore her away from me,

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To shut her up in a sepulcher

In this kingdom by the sea.

 

Reader 4 

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,

Went envying her and me-

Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,

In this kingdom by the sea)

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That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

 

Reader 5 

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we-

Of many far wiser than we-

And neither the angels in heaven above,

Nor the demons down under the sea,

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Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

 

Reader 6 

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise but I feel 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,

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In the sepulcher there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

 

Glossary:
dissever - sever or separate 
highborn - of high rank by birth
kinsman - relative
sepulcher - tomb