Artist: Daniel Maclise
Engraver: John Thompson
Source: Cameron (unnumbered pages)
In this powerful composition, the rider is revealed as a skeleton, and Leonora's soul parts from her body above the open grave. The lesson that the ghostly figures declaim in the final stanza is: "Endure! endure! though break the heart, / Yet judge not God's decree" (cf. the typical Victorian epitaph: "Thy will be done, not mine!" from Luke 22, 42). A scythe, skull, snake and hourglass occupy the foreground, bringing the ballad to a close.
Image capture and text by Jacqueline Banerjee.
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