Sarah Helen Whitman

United States poet (1803-1878)

Sarah Helen Power Whitman (January 19, 1803June 27, 1878) was a poet, essayist, transcendentalist, Spiritualist and a romantic interest of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919) edit

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Enchantress of the stormy seas,
Priestess of Night's high mysteries.
  • Star of resplendent front! Thy glorious eye
    Shines on me still from out yon clouded sky.
  • Tell him I lingered alone on the shore,
    Where we parted, in sorrow, to meet nevermore;
    The night-wind blew cold on my desolate heart
    But colder those wild words of doom,—“Ye must part.”
    • Our Island of Dreams.
  • The sweet imperious mouth, whose haughty valor
    Defied all portents of impending doom.
    • The Portrait. (Of Poe).
  • Warm lights are on the sleepy uplands waning
    Beneath dark clouds along the horizon rolled,
    Till the slant sunbeams through the fringes raining
    Bathe all the hills in melancholy gold.
    • A still Day in Autumn.
  • Enchantress of the stormy seas,
    Priestess of Night's high mysteries.
    • Moonrise in May.
  • The summer skies are darkly blue,
    The days are still and bright,
    And Evening trails her robes of gold
    Through the dim halls of Night.
    • Summer's Call. Compare: "I heard the trailing garments of the Night / Sweep through her marble halls", Longfellow.
  • Raven from the dim dominions
    On the Night's Plutonian shore,
    Oft I hear thy dusky pinions
    Wave and flutter round my door—
    See the shadow of thy pinions
    Float along the moonlit floor.
    • The Raven (written as a counterpart to Poe's poem by the same name).

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