Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Eldorado” (Text-02b), 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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