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


[page 102, continued:]


In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,


Once a fair and stately palace —


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



In the monarch Thought's dominion,

It stood there!


Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!


Banners yellow, glorious, golden,



On its roof did float and flow,

(This — all this — was in the olden


Time long ago,)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,


Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,


A wingèd odor went away.


Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically,


To a lute's well-tunèd law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,



In state his glory well befitting,


The ruler of the realm was seen.


And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,


Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,


A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty



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.


(Ah, let us mourn! — for never morrow


Shall dawn upon him desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed

Is but a dim-remembered story


Of the old-time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,


Through the encrimson’d windows see


Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody,




While, like a ghastly rapid river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever

And laugh — but smile no more.




[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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