Who hasn’t read the poetry written by Edgar Allan Poe? If you have never read poems such as Hymn, you will be introduced to the mysterious world of Poe. In this poem, he takes the time to think about his religion.


Poe was a devoted Catholic. This poem is more like a prayer, perhaps this was Poe himself who prayed to the Virgin Mary (Mother of God). In this poem, Poe tells about happy moments. A part of his life he once lived. Everything was fine, until the moment that something happened. Something bad, something tragic. But, what happened?

It’s most likely that he refers to the death of a loved one. From there on, only prayers. Only the question if this Virgin Mary can set him free from the pain he is suffering from.

The reason that Poe used this Mother of God is probably that he tries to get answers for or relieve of the pain caused by the loss of a child. According to the Bible, Mary also lost her son (Jesus Christ).

Even when you aren’t Catholic or even Christian, this poem is very much relatable for those who lost a loved one. It shows that in times of pain, people seek answers by praying. They want most of all to end their intense pain. Unfortunately, only time will heal certain wounds. Not all, but in some way, it will get better.





At morn — at noon — at twilight dim —

Maria! thou hast heard my hymn!

In joy and woe — in good and ill —

Mother of God, be with me still!

When the Hours flew brightly by,

And not a cloud obscured the sky,

My soul, lest it should truant be,

Thy grace did guide to thine and thee;

Now, when storms of Fate o’ercast

Darkly my Present and my Past,

Let my Future radiant shine

With sweet hopes of thee and thine!


Edgar Allan Poe


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A prayer after the loss of a loved one
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The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

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