by Edgar Allan Poe
[first published in the 21 April 1849 issue of 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!”