In honor of the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth (this Monday, January 19); the opening lines of "The Raven:"
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore--
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door--
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door--
Only this and nothing more."
[Read the rest--you know you want to--at poets.org)
I can't read Poe's "Raven" without being reminded of Mortimer. He's Arabel's Raven (Joan Aiken; illustrated by Quentin Blake). Another childhood favorite with several sequels I never knew existed before writing this post. Nevermore!