6 Feb 2009

The Beggar Maid

This painting by Edward Burne-Jones is inspired by Tennyson’s poem, The Beggar Maid (written 1833, published 1842).

    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!'

I was inspired to re-publish this due to some poems being shared on this blog. This was another that was popular learning in school.