by Antonio Gil May. 25, 2016 2126 views

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 wingèd odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically
To a lute’s well-tunèd 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.


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Renato Martins 4 years, 7 months ago

Cascais é realmente um sonho, que se desenvolve mas que por sorte ou destino não desaparece... :) Ainda bem...

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
John Parsons 4 years, 8 months ago

Great pics Antonio..

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 4 years, 8 months ago

Great job !

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Hatsumi Suenaga Dybdahl 4 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful night shots !!

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 4 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful shot.

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ros Mercury 4 years, 8 months ago

Night lights and castle make a great comibination for a super shot.

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Kasia Urynowicz 4 years, 8 months ago

Photos at night are beautiful

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 8 months ago

Strikingly detailed captures of this majestic structure & surrounds...

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 4 years, 8 months ago

Love the ghostly blue reflection in the first Antonio, where did it come from. Spooky.

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Moira 4 years, 8 months ago

Lovely night captures.

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Louise Hayes 4 years, 8 months ago

Edgar is a very scary poet.....but these shots are mesmerising!

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful night scenario.

4 years, 8 months ago Edited