Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Eldorado” (comparative text - FOU and WORKS)


Texts Represented:

  • 1849-01 - Flag of Our Union (April 21, 1849)
  • 1850-02 - Griswold edition of WORKS (January 1850)



[Written for The Flag of our Union.]









Line-01-001 [[indent]] {{1849-01: Gaily //1850-02: GAILY }} bedight,

Line-01-002 [[indent]] A gallant knight,

Line-01-003 In sunshine and in shadow,

Line-01-004 [[indent]] Had journeyed long,

Line-01-005 [[indent]] Singing a song,

Line-01-006 In search of Eldorado.

Line-01-007 [[indent]] But he grew old —

Line-01-008 [[indent]] This knight so bold —

Line-01-009 And o’er his heart a shadow

Line-01-010 [[indent]] Fell {{1849-01: , //1850-02: [[,]] }} as he found

Line-01-011 [[indent]] No spot of ground

Line-01-012 That looked like Eldorado.

Line-01-013 [[indent]] And, as his strength

Line-01-014 [[indent]] Failed him at length,

Line-01-015 He met a pilgrim shadow —

Line-01-016 [[indent]] “Shadow,” said he,

Line-01-017 [[indent]] “Where can it be —

Line-01-018 This land of Eldorado?”

Line-01-019 [[indent]] “Over the Mountains

Line-01-020 [[indent]] Of the Moon,

Line-01-021 Down the Valley of the Shadow,

Line-01-022 [[indent]] Ride, boldly ride,”

Line-01-023 [[indent]] The shade replied, —

Line-01-024 “If you seek for Eldorado!”



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Because this presentation represents multiple texts, with differing pagination, page numbers have been omitted.

The current presentation normalizes the use of quotation marks, to focus attention on changes other than this merely idiocyncratic matter of formatting.

The omission of the comma is clearly a slight typesetting error. It's absence slightly alters the reading, removing a slight pause that helps to connect the inital word “Fell” to the phrase in the prior line, and to separate it from the phrase that follows.



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