The Complete poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe

Eldorado (1848)

A short poem referencing the mythical El Dorado. A traveler asks a “shade” where to find the legendary city of gold and is told to “ride, boldly ride.”

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!”

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