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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Edgar Allan Poe. 1809–1849
 
86. The Haunted Palace
 
IN the greenest of our valleys 
  By good angels tenanted, 
Once a fair and stately palace— 
  Radiant palace—reared its head. 
In the monarch Thought's dominion,         5
  It stood there; 
Never seraph spread a pinion 
  Over fabric half so fair. 
  
Banners yellow, glorious, golden, 
  On its roof did float and flow  10
(This—all this—was in the olden 
  Time long ago), 
And every gentle air that dallied, 
  In that sweet day, 
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,  15
  A wingèd odor went away. 
  
Wanderers in that happy valley 
  Through two luminous windows saw 
Spirits moving musically, 
  To a lute's well-tunèd law,  20
Round about a throne where, sitting, 
  Porphyrogene, 
In state his glory well befitting, 
  The ruler of the realm was seen. 
  
And all with pearl and ruby glowing  25
  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,  30
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  35
  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.  40
  
And travellers now within that valley 
  Through the red-litten windows see 
Vast forms that move fantastically 
  To a discordant melody; 
While, like a ghastly rapid river,  45
  Through the pale door 
A hideous throng rush out forever, 
  And laugh—but smile no more. 
 
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