Edward Burne-Jones and Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Beggar Maid
1833, published 1842. Page created for English 465 by Rose Bartlett
and Glenn Everett. Note: this painting by Edward Burne-Jones
was inspired by Tennyson's poem.]
Her arms across her breast she laid;
She was more fair than words can say:
Bare-footed came the beggar maid
Before the king Cophetua.
In robe and crown the king stept down,
To meet and greet her on her way;
'It is no wonder,' said the lords,
'She is more beautiful than day.'
As shines the moon in clouded skies,
She in her poor attire was seen:
One praised her ancles, one her eyes,
One her dark hair and lovesome mien.
So sweet a face, such angel grace,
In all that land had never been:
Cophetua sware a royal oath:
'This beggar maid shall be my queen!'
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