ELDORADO

G aily 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
(1809-1849)

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