What wild heart-histories seemed to lie enwritten
Upon those crystalline, celestial spheres;
How dark a woe, yet how sublime a hope;
How silently serene a sea of pride;
How daring an ambition; yet how deep,
How fathomless a capacity for love!" ~ E.A. Poe
Photo I took from the American History Museum of a item meant, I believe, to hold a Torah. The gesture shown should be familiar to all. This is the first time I’ve seen his inspiration for said gesture in person.