Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe's poem Eldorado (happy national poetry month)

Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem about the city of gold.  The line from this poem "Ride, boldly ride," has been used as the title of several books, articles, and anthologies of country music, and the west in general.  /Jack B, Poetry Ed.


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!"

- Edgar Allan Poe


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