The Raven

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Can you name the words that complete the lines of The Raven?

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Once upon a midnight dreary,6
Over many a quaint and curious volume of2
While I nodded, nearly napping,5
As of some one gently rapping,5
''Tis some visitor,' I muttered,5
Only this,3
Ah, distinctly I remember6
And each separate dying ember6
Eagerly I wished the morrow;-6
From my books surcease of sorrow-5
For the rare and radiant maiden5
Nameless here2
And the silken sad uncertain5
Thrilled me- filled me with5
So that now, to still the beating6
''Tis some visitor entreating entrance4
Some late visitor entreating entrance4
This it is,3
Presently my soul grew stronger;4
'Sir,' said I, 'or Madam,5
But the fact is I was napping,6
And so faintly you came tapping,5
That I scarce was sure I heard you'-6
Darkness there,3
Deep into that darkness peering,6
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals5
But the silence was unbroken,6
And the only word there spoken5
This I whispered, and an echo5
Merely this,3
Back into the chamber turning,6
Soon again I heard a tapping4
'Surely,' said I, 'surely that is5
Let me see, then, what thereat is,4
Let my heart be still a moment4
'Tis the wind3
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Open here I flung the shutter, when,6
In there stepped a stately raven6
Not the least obeisance made he;7
But, with mien of lord or lady,5
Perched upon a bust of Pallas5
Perched, and sat,3
Then this ebony bird beguiling5
By the grave and stern decorum6
'Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said,4
Ghastly grim and ancient raven5
Tell me what thy lordly name is5
Quoth the Raven,1
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl5
Though its answer little meaning-3
For we cannot help agreeing5
Ever yet was blest with seeing5
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust4
With such name as1
But the raven, sitting lonely6
That one word, as if his soul in that one word3
Nothing further then he uttered-6
Till I scarcely more than muttered,5
On the morrow he will leave me,6
Then the bird said,1
Startled at the stillness broken5
'Doubtless,' said I, 'what it utters6
Caught from some unhappy master3
Followed fast and followed faster6
Till the dirges of his Hope4
Of 'Never-1
But the Raven still beguiling5
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird,4
Then upon the velvet sinking,5
Fancy unto fancy, thinking6
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt5
Meant in croaking1
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This I sat engaged in guessing,4
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now5
This and more I sat divining,6
On the cushion's velvet lining5
But whose velvet violet lining5
She shall press, ah,1
Then methought the air grew denser,5
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls5
'Wretch,' I cried, 'thy God hath lent thee-7
Respite- respite and nepenthe,5
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe5
Quoth the Raven,1
'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil!-6
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest4
Desolate yet all undaunted,5
On this home by horror haunted-5
Is there- is there balm in Gilead?-6
Quoth the Raven,1
'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil-6
By that Heaven that bends above us-6
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if,4
It shall clasp a sainted maiden5
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden5
Quoth the Raven,1
'Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend,'3
'Get thee back into the tempest5
Leave no black plume as a token7
Leave my loneliness unbroken!-6
Take thy beak from out my heart,8
Quoth the Raven,1
And the Raven, never flitting,6
On the pallid bust of Pallas5
And his eyes have all the seeming6
And the lamplight o'er him streaming6
And my soul from out that shadow6
Shall be lifted-1

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