The Haunted Palace - Edgar Allan Poe

Part of the tale 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' was first published in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (1839). The extensively revised tale was published in the Tales (1845). 'The Haunted Palace' was originally published separately in Baltimore Museum (April 1839) before it appeared as part of 'The Fall of the House of Usher'.

	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 -
	   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.

Edgar Allan Poe
(c) Keith Parkins 1999 -- April 1999 rev 0