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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Eldorado" (Text 02), the Flag of Our Union (Boston), April 21, 1849, page 2, col. 5

[page 2, column 5, continued:]

[Written for The Flag of our Union.]

            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!'


Poe also mentions Eldorado in "Introduction [Romance]" and "Dream-Land." In rhyming "Eldorado" and "shadow," one must remember that Poe likely had a slight Southern drawl, even after years of living in more Northern climes.

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