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 (Porphyrogene!) 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.
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- by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), "The haunted place", appears in The Raven and Other Poems, first published 1827 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Joan Bälan , "Elegie II", op. 70, published 1939. [soprano or tenor and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Habash , "The haunted place", published 1964. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Joseph (or Josef) Charles Holbrooke (1878 - 1958), "The haunted place", op. 48 (Homage to E. A. Poe) no. 1, published 1908 [4 solo voices, chorus, and orchestra], dramatic choral symphony [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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