Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “The Haunted Palace,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, pp. 102-104


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[page 102, continued:]

THE HAUNTED PALACE   [[v]]

In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

[[n]]

Once a fair and stately palace —

[[v]]

Radiant palace — reared its head. [page 103:]

5

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In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

[[v]]

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!

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Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

10

[[n]]

On its roof did float and flow,

(This — all this — was in the olden

[[n]]

Time long ago,)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

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Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

[[n]]

A wingèd odor went away.

[[v]]

Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically,

20

To a lute’s well-tunèd law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,

[[n]]

Porphyrogene,

In state his glory well befitting,

[[v]]

The ruler of the realm was seen.

25

And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

[[n]]

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,

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A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty

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[[n]]

Was but to sing,

In voices of surpassing beauty,

The wit and wisdom of their king. [page 104:]

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch’s high estate.

35

(Ah, let us mourn! — for never morrow

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Shall dawn upon him desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed

Is but a dim-remembered story

40

Of the old-time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,

[[n]]

Through the encrimson’d windows see

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Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody,

45

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[[n]]

While, like a ghastly rapid river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever

And laugh — but smile no more.

(1839)

 


[[Variants]]

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 102:]

Title [of The Haunted Palace] Omitted in B. G. M., Tales [1840], Tales [1845], and Griswold [1847], the poem in each instance being printed as a part of The Fall of the House of Usher.

4 Radiant: snow-white (B.M., B. G. M., Tales [1840], P.P.A.).

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 103:]

7 a: his (B. M.).

17 Wanderers: All wanderers (B. M.).

24 ruler: sovereign (B. M., B. G. M., Tales [1840]).

29 sweet: sole (B. G. M.).

[The following variants appear at the bottom of page 104:]

45 ghastly rapid: rapid ghastly (B. M., B. G. M., Tales [1840], P.P. A., Tales [1845], Griswold [1847]).

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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[S:0 - KCP, 1917] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - The Haunted Palace (ed. K. Campbell, 1917)