The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe/Volume 2/Eldorado

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The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe
Volume II. Poems and Tales

Eldorado
 

ELDORADO.

 

 

 Gaily bedight,
 A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
 Had journeyed long,
 Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

 

 But he grew old—
 This knight so bold—
And o'er his heart a shadow
 Fell as he found
 No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

 

 And, as his strength
 Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—
 "Shadow," said he,
 "Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?"

 

 "Over the Mountains
 Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
 Ride, boldly ride,"
 The shade replied,—
"If you seek for Eldorado!"