El Dorado

by EDGAR ALLAN POE (1840-1849)

Listen to voice artist Fred Bugg read this poem as "Ronald Reagan"

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

Poe is known to have had an older brother named William Henry, and a younger sister, named Rosalie. What became of them? After the death of Poe’s mother, Rosalie was taken in by a different family than Edgar. William Henry continued to live in Baltimore with their grandparents. Learn more here.

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