Stanza I of Leonora

Leonora has slept uneasily

Artist: Daniel Maclise

Engraver: John Thompson


Source: Cameron (unnumbered pages)

Leonara has had a troubled sleep in the first stanza of Julia Margaret Cameron's translation of Gottfried Augustus Bürger's popular Gothic ballad, Lenore. Amid a frame of poppy-heads, an imp or goblin touches her on the shoulder, while others watch and play. She fears that her beloved William is "false or slain" because he is late returning from battle.

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