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THE EVE OF ST. AGNES (1896)
 
Illustrations of "The Eve of St. Agnes"
 
Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats (1891 Garrett)
 
Date: 1891

Title: 1) "Saint Agnes Title"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (18531929) was an American illustrator, bookplate maker, author and respected painter. He was a prolific illustrator of many books and publications. "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats". Selected and Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. In 1820, "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published along with Lamia and Isabella and other Poems. In 1885 "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published by John Wilson and Son with over 20 illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. This version including the same three poems along with La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is copyrighted by Garrett, and includes five new illustrations which use the same characters in "The Eve of St. Agnes" (1885), but did not appear in the earlier edition. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son U. S. A. Copyright 1891 by Edmund H. Garrett.

                              I
    St Agnes' Eve---Ah, bitter chill it was!
    The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold...

                              XXV
    Full on this casement shone the wintry moon,
    And threw warm gules on Madeline's fair breast,
    As down she knelt for heaven's grace and boon;
    Rose-bloom fell on her hands, together prest,
    And on her silver cross soft amethyst,
    And on her hair a glory, like a saint:
    She seem'd a splendid angel, newly drest,
    Save wings, for heaven:---Porphyro grew faint:
She knelt, so pure a thing, so free from mortal taint. 

(Left) Reproduced in "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats", Page 49. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston.

   
Date: 1891

Title: 2) "Pre Poem Page"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (18531929) was an American illustrator, bookplate maker, author and respected painter. He was a prolific illustrator of many books and publications. "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats". Selected and Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. In 1820, "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published along with Lamia and Isabella and other Poems. In 1885 "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published by John Wilson and Son with over 20 illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. This version including the same three poems along with La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is copyrighted by Garrett, and includes five new illustrations which use the same characters in "The Eve of St. Agnes" (1885), but did not appear in the earlier edition. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son U. S. A. Copyright 1891 by Edmund H. Garrett.

(Left) Reproduced in "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats", Page 50. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston.

   
Date: 1891

Title: 3) "Numb were the Beadsman's fingers, while he told His rosary"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (18531929) was an American illustrator, bookplate maker, author and respected painter. He was a prolific illustrator of many books and publications. "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats". Selected and Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. In 1820, "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published along with Lamia and Isabella and other Poems. In 1885 "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published by John Wilson and Son with over 20 illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. This version including the same three poems along with La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is copyrighted by Garrett, and includes five new illustrations which use the same characters in "The Eve of St. Agnes" (1885), but did not appear in the earlier edition. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son U. S. A. Copyright 1891 by Edmund H. Garrett.

                              I
    St Agnes' Eve---Ah, bitter chill it was!
    The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
    The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,
    And silent was the flock in woolly fold:
    Numb were the Beadsman's fingers, while he told
    His rosary, and while his frosted breath,
    Like pious incense from a censer old,
    Seem'd taking flight for heaven, without a death,
Past the sweet Virgin's picture, while his prayer he saith.

(Left) Reproduced in "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats", Page 51. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston.

   
Date: 1891

Title: 4) "Came many a tiptoe, amorous cavalier"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (18531929) was an American illustrator, bookplate maker, author and respected painter. He was a prolific illustrator of many books and publications. "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats". Selected and Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. In 1820, "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published along with Lamia and Isabella and other Poems. In 1885 "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published by John Wilson and Son with over 20 illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. This version including the same three poems along with La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is copyrighted by Garrett, and includes five new illustrations which use the same characters in "The Eve of St. Agnes" (1885), but did not appear in the earlier edition. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son U. S. A. Copyright 1891 by Edmund H. Garrett.

                              VII
    Full of this whim was thoughtful Madeline:
    The music, yearning like a God in pain,
    She scarcely heard: her maiden eyes divine,
    Fix'd on the floor, saw many a sweeping train
    Pass by---she heeded not at all: in vain
    Came many a tiptoe, amorous cavalier,
    And back retir'd; not cool'd by high disdain,
    But she saw not: her heart was otherwhere;
She sigh'd for Agnes' dreams, the sweetest of the year.

(Left) Reproduced in "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats", Page 55. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston.

   
Date: 1891

Title: 5) "Awakening up, he took her hollow lute"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (18531929) was an American illustrator, bookplate maker, author and respected painter. He was a prolific illustrator of many books and publications. "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats". Selected and Illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett. In 1820, "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published along with Lamia and Isabella and other Poems. In 1885 "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published by John Wilson and Son with over 20 illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. This version including the same three poems along with La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is copyrighted by Garrett, and includes five new illustrations which use the same characters in "The Eve of St. Agnes" (1885), but did not appear in the earlier edition. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son U. S. A. Copyright 1891 by Edmund H. Garrett.

                              XXXIII
    Awakening up, he took her hollow lute,---
    Tumultuous,---and, in chords that tenderest be,
    He play'd an ancient ditty, long since mute,
    In Provence call'd, "La belle dame sans mercy:"
    Close to her ear touching the melody:---
    Wherewith disturb'd, she utter'd a soft moan:
    He ceased---she panted quick---and suddenly
    Her blue affrayed eyes wide open shone:
Upon his knees he sank, pale as smooth-sculptured stone.

(Left) Reproduced in "Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats", Page 69. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston.

   
   
   

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