Gaily Bednight

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

(Edgar Allan Poe)  (Edgar Allan Poe Poems)  (American Poets)