a stir is in the air

This tattoo belongs to Elizabeth M.

Literary Tattoos: The City in the Sea Edgar Allan Poe

Literary Tattoos: The City in the Sea Edgar Allan Poe

But lo, a stir is in the air! 
The wave- there is a movement there! 
As if the towers had thrust aside, 
In slightly sinking, the dull tide- 
As if their tops had feebly given 
A void within the filmy Heaven. 
The waves have now a redder glow- 
The hours are breathing faint and low- 
And when, amid no earthly moans, 
Down, down that town shall settle hence, 
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones, 
Shall do it reverence.

- Excerpt from “The City in the Sea” by Edgar Allan Poe

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