Ride, boldly ride . . .

“Eldorado” by Edgar Allen Poe, 1849

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!”

“. . . drove she ducklings to the water every morning just at nine . . .”
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