And where thy footstep gleams…

I was thinking about this question on Quora, and the lovely responses people have posted to it: What’s the most beautiful phrase you’ve ever heard?

For me, the most beautiful phrase I’ve ever heard has always been these lines from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “To One In Paradise”:

And all my days are trances,

And all my nightly dreams,

Are where thy grey eye glances,

And where thy footstep gleams —

In what ethereal dances,

By what eternal streams.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I first encountered these lines in the Alan Parson’s Project song inspired by the poem: To One In Paradise (YouTube)

However, wisdom is wisdom wherever it may lay, and so too is beauty. Also, the Alan Parson’s Project is still shamefully cool.

You can read the poem itself, here: “To One In Paradise”


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