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    A Valentine

    by Edgar Allan Poe
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    For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
    Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
    Shall find her own sweet name, that, nestling lies
    Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
    Search narrowly the lines!--they hold a treasure
    Divine--a talisman--an amulet
    That must be worn _at heart_. Search well the measure--
    The words--the syllables! Do not forget
    The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor!
    And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
    Which one might not undo without a sabre,
    If one could merely comprehend the plot.
    Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
    Eyes scintillating soul, there lie _perdus_
    Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
    Of poets by poets--as the name is a poet's, too.
    Its letters, although naturally lying
    Like the knight Pinto--Mendez Ferdinando--
    Still form a synonym for Truth--Cease trying!
    You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you _can_ do.
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