LIGEIA - by Edgar Allen Poe Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An ang

---
Master Index Current Directory Index Go to SkepticTank Go to Human Rights activist Keith Henson Go to Scientology cult

Skeptic Tank!

LIGEIA ------ by Edgar Allen Poe Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, bewinged, bedlight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres. Mimes, in the form of God on high Mutter and mumble low, And hither and thither fly; Mere puppets they, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things That shift the scenery to and fro, Flapping from out their condor wings Invisible woe! That motley drama!--oh, be sure It shall not be forgot! With its Phantom chased for evermore, By a crowd that seize it not, Through a circle that ever returneth in To the self-same spot; And much of Madness, and more of Sin And Horror, the soul of the plot! But see, amid the mimic rout A crawling shape intrude! A blood-red thing that writhes from out The scenic solitude! It writhes!--it writhes!--with mortal pangs The mimes become its food, And the seraphs sob at vermin fangs In human gore imbued. Out--out are the lights--out all! And over each quivering form, The curtain a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm--- And the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the trajedy, "Man," And its hero, the conqueror Worm. finis This poem was taken from the short story "Ligeia" by Edgar Allen Poe, and it represents the last words of Ligeia as she died. Suggested reading.

---

E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank