The Haunted Palace


Edgar Allan Poe


In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace--

Snow-White palace--reared its head.

In it the monarch Thought's dominion--

It stood there!

Never seraph spread his pinion

Over fabric half so fair!


Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow--

(This--all this--was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the rampart plumed and pallid,

A winged odor went away.


All wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically,

To a lute's well-tuned law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,


In state his glory well befitting

The sovereign of the realm was seen.


And with all pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,

A troop of Echoes whose sweet duty

Was but to sing,

In voices of surpassing beauty,

The wit and wisdom of their king.


But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch's high estate.

(Ah, let us mourn!--for never morrow

Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed,

Is but a dim-remembered story

Of the old-time entombed.


And travellers, now, within that valley

Through the encrimsoned windows see

Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody,

while, like a rapid ghastly river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever

And laugh--but smile no more.


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