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THE EVE OF ST. AGNES (1896)
 
Illustrations of "The Eve of St. Agnes"
 
The Eve of St. Agnes (1928 Craig)
 
Date: Circa 1928

Title: 1) "They glide, like phantoms, into the wide hall"

Artist: E. M. Craig

Description: Miss Effie M. Craig (18931968) was a illustrator and portrait artist who lived in London. She lived with the artist Hannah Gluckstein Gluck, whom she met at the St. John's Wood School of Art. Gluck painted "Portrait of Miss E. M. Craig" in 1920. In the 1930s blindness ended her artistic career. "The Eve of St. Agnes". By John Keats. Illustrated by E. M. Craig. The sixth title published in the Helicon Series. Includes four illustrations by E. M. Craig. Pages with illustrations printed on one side only. Black cloth covers with gilt-stamped title and design. Hard Cover. Published by John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London.

                              XLI
    They glide, like phantoms, into the wide hall;
    Like phantoms, to the iron porch, they glide;
    Where lay the Porter, in uneasy sprawl,
    With a huge empty flagon by his side:
    The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide,
    But his sagacious eye an inmate owns:
    By one, and one, the bolts fill easy slide:---
    The chains lie silent on the footworn stones,---
The key turns, and the door upon its hinges groans.
 

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published by John Lane, London.

   
Date: Circa 1928

Title: 2) "Buttress'd from moonlight, stands he, and implores"

Artist: E. M. Craig

Description: Miss Effie M. Craig (18931968) was a illustrator and portrait artist who lived in London. She lived with the artist Hannah Gluckstein Gluck, whom she met at the St. John's Wood School of Art. Gluck painted "Portrait of Miss E. M. Craig" in 1920. In the 1930s blindness ended her artistic career. "The Eve of St. Agnes". By John Keats. Illustrated by E. M. Craig. Published by John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London.

                              IX
    So, purposing each moment to retire,
    She linger'd still. Meantime, across the moors,
    Had come young Porphyro, with heart on fire
    For Madeline. Beside the portal doors,
    Buttress'd from moonlight, stands he, and implores
    All saints to give him sight of Madeline,
    But for one moment in the tedious hours,
    That he might gaze and worship all unseen;
Perchance speak, kneel, touch, kiss---in sooth such things have been.
 

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Page 11. Published by John Lane, London.

   
Date: Circa 1928

Title: 3) "Pensive awhile she dreams awake, and sees"

Artist: E. M. Craig

Description: Miss Effie M. Craig (18931968) was a illustrator and portrait artist who lived in London. She lived with the artist Hannah Gluckstein Gluck, whom she met at the St. John's Wood School of Art. Gluck painted "Portrait of Miss E. M. Craig" in 1920. In the 1930s blindness ended her artistic career. "The Eve of St. Agnes". By John Keats. Illustrated by E. M. Craig. Published by John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London.

                              XXVI
    Anon his heart revives: her vespers done,
    Of all its wreathed pearls her hair she frees;
    Unclasps her warmed jewels one by one;
    Loosens her fragrant bodice; by degrees
    Her rich attire creeps rustling to her knees:
    Half-hidden, like a mermaid in sea-weed,
    Pensive awhile she dreams awake, and sees,
    In fancy, fair St Agnes in her bed,
But dares not look behind, or all the charm is fled.
 

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Page 32. Published by John Lane, London.

   
Date: Circa 1928

Title: 4) "That night the Baron dreamt of many a woe"

Artist: E. M. Craig

Description: Miss Effie M. Craig (18931968) was a illustrator and portrait artist who lived in London. She lived with the artist Hannah Gluckstein Gluck, whom she met at the St. John's Wood School of Art. Gluck painted "Portrait of Miss E. M. Craig" in 1920. In the 1930s blindness ended her artistic career. "The Eve of St. Agnes". By John Keats. Illustrated by E. M. Craig. Published by John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London.

                              XLII
    And they are gone: ay, ages long ago
    These lovers fled away into the storm.
    That night the Baron dreamt of many a woe,
    And all his warrior-guests, with shade and form
    Of witch, and demon, and large coffin-worm,
    Were long be-nightmar'd. Angela the old
    Died palsy-twitch'd, with meagre face deform;
    The Beadsman, after thousand aves told,
For aye unsought for slept among his ashes cold.

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Page 52. Published by John Lane, London.

   
   
   

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