Edgar Allan Poe

Here you will find the Poem Haunted Palace, The of poet Edgar Allan Poe

Haunted Palace, The

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-
 It stood there!
 Never seraph spread a 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 ramparts plumed and pallid,
 A winged odor went away.

 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 ruler of the realm was seen.

 And all with 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 red-litten windows see
 Vast forms, that move fantastically
 To a discordant melody,
 While, like a ghastly rapid river,
 Through the pale door
 A hideous throng rush out forever
 And laugh- but smile no more.