El Dorado

"El Dorado" is from Edgar Stillman Kelley's Two Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, Op. 8. The other song in the group is "Israfel."

Date: 1901Composer: Edgar Stillman KelleyText: Edgar Allan Poe

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El Dorado
by Edgar Allan Poe

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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El Dorado

Composer(s): Edgar Stillman Kelley

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