The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe I HEAR the sledges with the bells

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					                                              The Bells   by Edgar Allen Poe
                    I                                                  Yet the ear, it fully knows,
HEAR the sledges with the bells --                                         By the twanging,
               Silver bells !                                              And the clanging,
What a world of merriment their melody foretells !                      How the danger ebbs and flows ;
      How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,                               Yet, the ear distinctly tells,
           In the icy air of night !                                     In the jangling,
      While the stars that oversprinkle                                  And the wrangling,
      All the heavens, seem to twinkle                               How the danger sinks and swells,
           With a crystalline delight ;                         By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells --
         Keeping time, time, time,                                           Of the bells --
         In a sort of Runic rhyme,                                  Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells                          Bells, bells, bells --
    From the bells, bells, bells, bells,                          In the clamour and the clangour of the bells !
               Bells, bells, bells --
 From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.                                     IV.
                                                                          Hear the tolling of the bells --
                    II.                                                       Iron bells !
         Hear the mellow wedding bells                           What a world of solemn thought their monody compels !
            Golden bells!                                           In the silence of the night,
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells !                 How we shiver with affright
     Through the balmy air of night                               At the melancholy meaning of their tone !
     How they ring out their delight !                                  For every sound that floats
         From the molten-golden notes,                                  From the rust within their throats
            And all in tune,                                                Is a groan.
         What a liquid ditty floats                                     And the people -- ah, the people --
  To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats                     They that dwell up in the steeple,
            On the moon !                                                   All alone,
       Oh, from out the sounding cells,                                 And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells !                               In that muffled monotone,
            How it swells !                                             Feel a glory in so rolling
            How it dwells                                                 On the human heart a stone --
         On the Future ! how it tells                               They are neither man nor woman --
         Of the rapture that impels                                 They are neither brute nor human --
       To the swinging and the ringing                                      They are Ghouls: --
         Of the bells, bells, bells,                                    And their king it is who tolls ;
  Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,                                    And he rolls, rolls, rolls, rolls,
            Bells, bells, bells --                                            Rolls
 To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells !                            A pæan from the bells !
                                                                        And his merry bosom swells
                       III.                                               With the pæan of the bells !
           Hear the loud alarum bells --                                And he dances, and he yells ;
                 Brazen bells !                                     Keeping time, time, time,
What tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells !                  In a sort of Runic rhyme,
       In the startled ear of night                                       To the pæan of the bells --
       How they scream out their affright !                                   Of the bells :
           Too much horrified to speak,                             Keeping time, time, time,
           They can only shriek, shriek,                            In a sort of Runic rhyme,
                 Out of tune,                                             To the throbbing of the bells --
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,                      Of the bells, bells, bells --
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,                    To the sobbing of the bells ;
            Leaping higher, higher, higher,                         Keeping time, time, time,
            With a desperate desire,                                    As he knells, knells, knells,
           And a resolute endeavor                                  In a happy Runic rhyme,
           Now -- now to sit or never,                                    To the rolling of the bells --
       By the side of the pale-faced moon.                              Of the bells, bells, bells --
            Oh, the bells, bells, bells !                                 To the tolling of the bells,
            What a tale their terror tells                         Of the bells, bells, bells, bells --
                 Of Despair !                                                 Bells, bells, bells --
     How they clang, and clash, and roar !                        To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.
     What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air !

				
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