Virginia Poe - A Valentine

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Lucille Sharp (as Virginia Poe) recites lines from a love poem written by Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe to her husband Edgar Allan Poe - From the 2010 BBC documentary Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death and Women.

A Valentine
by Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (1822-1847)

Ever with thee I wish to roam —
Dearest my life is thine.
Give me a cottage for my home
And a rich old cypress vine,
Removed from the world with its sin and care
And the tattling of many tongues.
Love alone shall guide us when we are there —
Love shall heal my weakened lungs;
And Oh, the tranquil hours we'll spend,
Never wishing that others may see!
Perfect ease we'll enjoy, without thinking to lend
Ourselves to the world and its glee —
Ever peaceful and blissful we'll be.

- Written Saturday 14 February 1846