Stanza lxv of Leonora

Leonora's death

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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