|Notes ||The second version of "To Helen". The first version was published in the 1831 collection "Poems". The revised version appeared in the 1845 collection The Raven and Other Poems. |
First line: Helen, thy beauty is to me
The most notable difference between the two versions are the last two lines of the second stanza: "To the beauty of fair Greece, and the grandeur of old Rome" (1831) was changed to "To the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome" (1845).
Note that there's also another poem sometimes published as "To Helen", which starts with "I saw thee once".