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Posted by: CelticRadio 30-Oct-2017, 09:15 PM
Listen to Omnia perform Edgar Allen Poe's 1845 poem "The Raven" on this all hallows eve....Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."...<br /><br /><br /><center><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eCF2pson54s" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></center><br /><br /><br />
<div style="text-align: center;">Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;&rsquo;Tis some visitor,&rdquo; I muttered, &ldquo;tapping at my chamber door&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Only this and nothing more.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eagerly I wished the morrow;&mdash;vainly I had sought to borrow</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; From my books surcease of sorrow&mdash;sorrow for the lost Lenore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Nameless <em>here</em> for evermore.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Thrilled me&mdash;filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;&rsquo;Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This it is and nothing more.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;Sir,&rdquo; said I, &ldquo;or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">That I scarce was sure I heard you&rdquo;&mdash;here I opened wide the door;&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Darkness there and nothing more.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, &ldquo;Lenore?&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, &ldquo;Lenore!&rdquo;&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Merely this and nothing more.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Surely,&rdquo; said I, &ldquo;surely that is something at my window lattice;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&rsquo;Tis the wind and nothing more!&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Perched, and sat, and nothing more.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,&rdquo; I said, &ldquo;art sure no craven,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night&rsquo;s Plutonian shore!&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quoth the Raven &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Though its answer little meaning&mdash;little relevancy bore;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;With such name as &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nothing farther then he uttered&mdash;not a feather then he fluttered&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Till I scarcely more than muttered &ldquo;Other friends have flown before&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">On the morrow <em>he</em> will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Then the bird said &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;Doubtless,&rdquo; said I, &ldquo;what it utters is its only stock and store</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Of &lsquo;Never&mdash;nevermore&rsquo;.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Meant in croaking &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom&rsquo;s core;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On the cushion&rsquo;s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o&rsquo;er,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o&rsquo;er,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>She</em> shall press, ah, nevermore!</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Wretch,&rdquo; I cried, &ldquo;thy God hath lent thee&mdash;by these angels he hath sent thee</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Respite&mdash;respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quoth the Raven &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Prophet!&rdquo; said I, &ldquo;thing of evil!&mdash;prophet still, if bird or devil!&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On this home by Horror haunted&mdash;tell me truly, I implore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Is there&mdash;<em>is</em> there balm in Gilead?&mdash;tell me&mdash;tell me, I implore!&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quoth the Raven &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Prophet!&rdquo; said I, &ldquo;thing of evil!&mdash;prophet still, if bird or devil!</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">By that Heaven that bends above us&mdash;by that God we both adore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quoth the Raven &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!&rdquo; I shrieked, upstarting&mdash;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;Get thee back into the tempest and the Night&rsquo;s Plutonian shore!</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leave my loneliness unbroken!&mdash;quit the bust above my door!</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quoth the Raven &ldquo;Nevermore.&rdquo;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, <em>still</em> is sitting</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon&rsquo;s that is dreaming,</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And the lamp-light o&rsquo;er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor</div>
<div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Shall be lifted&mdash;nevermore!</div>

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