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Story by Poe, in The Gift (1842). This brief romance tells of a youth reared with his cousin Eleonora in the beautiful Valley of the Many-Colored Grass. They fall in love, but she dies after he pledges never to wed “any daughter of Earth.” Grieving, he goes to a strange city to serve at the gay court of the king, where he falls in love with and weds “the seraph Ermengarde.” One night he hears a “familiar and sweet voice” absolve him of his vow “for reasons which shall be made known to thee in Heaven.”

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