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El Dorado

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!" 



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