But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore
-- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore.
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore
Forbear," said the Miller to him, "harping on what was of yore
, for it is the common lot of mortals to sustain the ups and downs of fortune.
Tomorrow I may be pillaging your friends as of yore
Here was Louisa on the night of the same day, watching the fire as in days of yore
, though with a gentler and a humbler face.
I ascended it now, in lighter boots than of yore
, and tapped in my old way at the door of Miss Havisham's room.
Breakfast was not eaten in the kitchen, because it seemed worth while, now that there were three persons, to lay the cloth in the dining- room; it was also a more bountiful meal than of yore
, when there was no child to consider.
But the Milky Way, it seemed to me, was still the same tattered streamer of star-dust as of yore
the dread of what will my neighbour think, with luxuries that only cloy, with pleasures that bore, with empty show that, like the criminal's iron crown of yore
, makes to bleed and swoon the aching head that wears it!
He might have been a trifle graver than of yore
, but the glint of laughter still was in his eyes.
Schoolwork was as interesting, class rivalry as absorbing, as of yore
Anne's laugh, as blithe and irresistible as of yore
, with an added note of sweetness and maturity, rang through the garret.