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THE EVE OF ST. AGNES (1896)
 
Illustrations of "The Eve of St. Agnes"
This collection of drawings and paintings of "The Eve of St. Agnes" are those that predate Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Eve of St, Agnes", 1896, with a few exceptions
       William Holman Hunt was the first artist to illustrate "The Eve of St. Agnes" in oil. Keats past away with only a close friend, Joseph Severn at his bed side, the July 1820 attack in the Edinburgh Monthly Review still ringing in his ears. He most likely past away, feeling a failure as a poet. Just 27 years after John Keats' death, William Holman Hunt painted an oil on canvas. Born six years after Keats' death, he painted it at the age of 21 years of age. He was an English painter, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in 1848.
       George Scharf, was the first to illustrate "The Eve of St.
 
Agnes" published in book form with illustrations. Four engravings corresponded with "The Eve of St. Agnes". George Cupples writes in the Eclectic Review "A new path may be considered to open in the plan taken this season, by a very elegant edition of Keats. No less than a hundred and twenty designs... have here been on wood by George Scharf... The volume is not only a marvel of wood-engraving, while it exhibits qualities entitled to high praise, from the artistic point of view... Here Mr. Scharf, whose own designs are sometimes excellent, stands yet higher in care for correct transference to the block, with minuteness not to be surpassed..."
       Oils and illustrations continued to be created of "The Eve of St. Agnes."
   
  Eve of St. Agnes (1848 Hunt)    Poetical Works of John Keats (1854 Scharf)    Eve of St. Agnes (1856 Wehnert) 
  Eve of St. Agnes (1856 Hughes)    Eve of St. Agnes (1863 Millais)    Eve of St. Agnes (1868 Maclise) 
  Poetical Works of John Keats (1872 Seccombe)    Eve of St. Agnes (1873 Linton/Maclise)    Poetical Works of John Keats (C 1874 Dalziel) 
  Eve of St. Agnes (1876 Osgood)    Eve of St. Agnes (1880 Abbey)    Eve of St. Agnes (1880 Murray) 
  Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Garrett)    Roses of Romance (1891 Garrett)    Eve of St. Agnes (1896 Wright)  
  Eve of St. Agnes (C 189x Jameson)    Eve of St. Agnes (1900 Seymour)    Eve of St. Agnes (C 1912 Dixon)    Eve of St. Agnes (1928 Craig)  
 
The Eve of St. Agnes (1848 Hunt)
 
Title: “The Eve of St. Agnes. The Flight of Madeline and Porphyro during the Drunkenness Attending the Revelry”

Artist: William Holman Hunt

Description: Hunt was the first artist to illustrate "The Eve of St. Agnes". Keats past away with only a close friend, Joseph Severn at his bed side, the July 1820 attack in the Edinburgh Monthly Review still ringing in his ears. He most likely past away, feeling a failure as a poet. Just 27 years after John Keats' death, William Holman Hunt painted this oil on canvas. Born six years after Keats' death, he painted this at the age of 21 years of age. He was an English painter, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in 1848.

                              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.
                                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.
   
   
   
The Poetical Works of John Keats (1854 Scharf)
   
Title: 1) "Shrine of St. Agnes - (Half-Title)"

Artist: Drawn on wood by George Scharf, engraved by James Cooper.

Description: This was the first time "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published with illustrations. Four engravings corresponded with "The Eve of St. Agnes". George Cupples writes in the Eclectic Review "A new path may be considered to open in the plan taken this season, by a very elegant edition of Keats. No less than a hundred and twenty designs... have here been on wood by George Scharf... The volume is not only a marvel of wood-engraving, while it exhibits qualities entitled to high praise, from the artistic point of view... Here Mr. Scharf, whose own designs are sometimes excellent, stands yet higher in care for correct transference to the block, with minuteness not to be surpassed..." (Apr 1860, p370).

                              XXXVIII
    "My Madeline! sweet dreamer! lovely bride!
    Say, may I be for aye thy vassal blest?
    Thy beauty's shield, heart-shap'd and vermeil dyed?
    Ah, silver shrine, here will I take my rest
    After so many hours of toil and quest,
    A famish'd pilgrim,---saved by miracle.
    Though I have found, I will not rob thy nest
    Saving of thy sweet self; if thou think'st well
To trust, fair Madeline, to no rude infidel.

(Left) Reproduced in "Poetical Works of John Keats". Published by Edward Moxon, London, 1854, page 211.

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The Eve of St. Agnes (1856 Wehnert)
 
Date: 1856

Title: 1) "When they St. Agnes' wool are weaving piously"

Artist: Edward H. Wehnert.

Description: This volume may be the first time "The Eve of St Agnes" was published as a single volume. Illustrated with Twenty engravings on wood, from drawings by Edward H. Wehnert. Engraved by Horace Harral, Thomas Bolton, and James Cooper.

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published for Joseph Cundall. By Sampson Low and Son, London, 1856.
Also reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published by D. Appleton & Co. Broadway, New York, 1856 & 1857.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published by Sampson Low and Son, London, 1859.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published by Sampson Low and Son, London, Circa 1866.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & Co., New York, 1882.

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The Eve of St. Agnes (1856 Hughes)
 
Date: 1856

Title: "The Eve of St. Agnes". 

Artist: Triptych by Arthur Hughes.

Description: Arthur Hughes's triptych depicts three scenes from "The Eve of St. Agnes". Porphyro's approach to the castle (left), the awakening of Madeline (center), and the lovers' stealthy escape over the drunken porter (right). Oil on canvas. The following lines from the poem are written in paint at the bottom of the original gold frame:

                              VI
    They told her how, upon St Agnes' Eve,
    Young virgins might have visions of delight,
    And soft adorings from their loves receive
    Upon the honey'd middle of the night,
    If ceremonies due they did aright;
    As, supperless to bed they must retire,
    And couch supine their beauties, lily white;
    Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Of Heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire.

   
   
   
The Eve of St. Agnes (1863 Millais)
 
Date: 1863

Title: "The Eve of St. Agnes". 

Artist: John Everett Millais

Description: Like William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in 1848. Born in 1829, he was an English painter and illustrator and painted this oil on canvas in 1863.

                              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.

   
   
   
The Eve of St. Agnes (1868 Maclise)
 
Date:

Title: "Madeline After Prayer"

Artist: Daniel Maclise

Description: Daniel Maclise was born in Ireland in 1806, and became a prominent portrait painter and illustrator in London. "Madeline After Prayer", was painted and also exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in 1868. Oil on canvas.

                              XXIV
    A casement high and triple-arch'd there was,
    All garlanded with carven imag'ries
    Of fruits, and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass,
    And diamonded with panes of quaint device,
    Innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,
    As are the tiger-moth's deep-damask'd wings;
    And in the midst, 'mong thousand heraldries,
    And twilight saints, and dim emblazonings,
A shielded scutcheon blush'd with blood of queens and kings.

                              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.

   
   
   
The Poetical Works of John Keats (1872 Seccombe)
 
Date: 1872

Title: "The Eve of St. Agnes".

Artist: Thomas Seccombe

Description: Thomas Seccombe illustrated a great number of books that were edited by William Michael Rossetti in the late 1800s. Rossetti wrote, "...A scribe in the Quarterly Review - i believe it was the editor, Mr. Gifford - undertook to write Keats down an ass, and many a responsive bray, sounding loudest and most jubilant from Blackwood’s Magazine, ratified the dictum at the time; but lo! After a few years had elapsed, it was found that the reviewer had only succeeded in writing himself down an ass. The lash brandished against Keats’s back had but recoiled, and scored the more pachydermatous loins of Gifford."

                              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 the "Poetical Works of John Keats". Published by E. Moxon, Son, & Co. London, 1972, page 188a.

Also reproduced in the "Poetical Works of John Keats". Published by E. Moxon, Son, & Co. London, 1972.

   
   
   
The Aldine (October 1873)
 
Date: October 1873

Title: "The Eve of St. Agnes, Madeline After Prayer"

Artist: Engraving: Henry Linton. After a painting by Daniel Maclise.

Description: The Aldine, The Art Journal of America - October 1873, Vol. VI, No. 10 (Published by James Sutton & Co., Publishers, New York)  Engraving: Linton, Henry. After a painting by Hunt, Holman. Caption: "The Eve of St. Agnes. There is much of beauty, grace, and sentiment in the beautiful picture from the brush of William Holman Hunt, which we reproduced for The Aldine. Nearly twenty-five years ago Mr. Hunt began to paint those religious and mystical pictures which have since given him such a great reputation in his native England, as well as abroad. ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ is one of these... His early works were adopted from poetry and fiction, one of which, painted in 1848, was from Keats’s ‘St. Agnes’." There is only one problem. How could a major art magazine in New York make such a grave mistake. This is after a painting by Daniel Maclise, 1868, not Hunt, 1848. Pp Cover (191), 193.

                              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 on the cover of "The Aldine". Published by James Sutton & Co., Publishers, New York.

   
   
   
The Poetical Works of John Keats (Circa 1874 Danziel)
 
Date: Circa 1882

Title: "Full on this casement shone the wintry moon"

Artist: Dalziel Brothers

Description: The Poetical Works of John Keats. (First published in 1874.) Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes". Six etched illustrations by the Dalziel Brothers, one of which relates to "The Eve of St. Agnes". The Brothers Dalziel, London’s largest and most influential wood-engraving firm, was founded in 1839 by George (1815-1902) and Edward Dalziel (1817-1905). Their sons later joined the firm. Very productive, they produced engravings for many books and magazines. In 1857 they established the Camden Press, enabling them to publish their own books. The co-authored the autobiography "The Brothers Dalziel, A Record of Work, 1840-1890", Methuen.

                              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 "The Poetical Works of John Keats", Page 222a. Published by Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Strand, London. Scribner, Welford and Armstrong, New York, circa 1974.

Reproduced in "The Poetical Works of John Keats", Page 192a. Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York, circa 1882.

Reproduced in "The Poetical Works of John Keats", Page 192a. Published by Belford, Clarke & Co., Chicago and New York, 1884.

   
   
   
The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1876 Osgood)
 
Date: 1876

Title: 1) "But she saw not: her heart was otherwise."

Artist: Unidentified Artist.

Description: The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems. By John Keats. Illustrated. "We have rarely seen anything more exquisite in the shape of miniature editions of authors than the "Vest-Pocket Series." Published as part of the Vest-Pocket Series. Also includes nine other poems by Keats. "The Eve of St. Agnes" illustrated with six etchings by an unnamed artist.

                              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 "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston. 1876.
Reproduced in Modern Classics: "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston. 1881.

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Harper’s Magazine (January 1880 Abbey)
 
Date: January 1880

Title: 1) "Numb were the Beadsman's Fingers While He Told."
"Pensive Awhile She Dreams Awake."

Artist: Edwin Austin Abbey

Description: Edwin Austin Abbey (1852 - 1911) was an American artist, illustrator, and painter. He produced numerous illustrations and sketches for magazines like Harper's and Scribner's Magazine. "The Eve of St. Agnes" was the first article published in this issue. Includes nine illustrations by E. A. Abbey. No where in this issue does Harper's credit the authors or illustrators for any of the article printed. Each Illustration was signed E. A. Abbey.

                              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 "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published by Harper’s Magazine, January 1880, New York.
Illustration #4, 5, 8 & 9 reproduced in "Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems". Published by The Gold Medal Library. London, New York, Calcutta.

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The Eve of Saint Agnes (1880 Murray)
 
Date: 1880

Title: 1) "The Eve of St. Agnes, Stanza IV", Title page.

Artist: Charles O. Murray

Description: The Eve of St. Agnes. By John Keats. This volume was the largest, most elaborately and expensive volume to produce to date. Illustrated in Nineteen Etchings. By Charles O. Murray. Two versions: Burgundy and Dark Green Cloth Hard Cover. "Few poets have ever gained a deeper hold on the affections of their readers than John Keats; and it is with a feeling almost of personal gratulation that these will view the new edition of ‘The Eve of St. Agnes.’ in which that sweetest and tenderest of poems appears with sumptuous provisions of print and paper, and illustrated with nineteen beautiful etchings by Charles O. Murray. So delicately fine are these designs, and so harmonious are all the details of the book, one hesitates to describe or praise it, but feels rather like going at once and bringing his and Keats’s dearest friend, and saying in triumph, ’Look!’ " (Dial, Dec 1880 p.160). Printed one side only on stiff paper with tissue bound in front of each illustration. .Each illustration is bordered by impress of metal plate. Title page plate 4.125 x 3.5. Other plates 7.375 x 10.625. Large size, 10.5 x 14.25. Original list price 2 (£); $10.

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, London. And Dodd, Mead, and Company, New York.

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, London. And Dodd, Mead, and Company, New York.

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The Eve of St. Agnes (1885 Garrett)
 
Date: 1885

Title: 1) "Title Page"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (1853–1929) was an American illustrator, bookplate maker, author and respected painter. He was a prolific illustrator of many books and publications. "The Eve of St. Agnes" was published with twenty-five Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett. "Illuminated title page, initials and borders in gold and colors. 20 full-page and other illustrations with illuminated border around each... A beautiful edition of this beautiful poem. The illuminations on every page are in the highest style of art..." Joseph McDonough (Lit. Coll, Dec 1903 p. V). Published by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge. U.S.A.

                              VIII
    She danc'd along with vague, regardless eyes,
    Anxious her lips, her breathing quick and short:
    The hallow'd hour was near at hand: she sighs
    Amid the timbrels, and the throng'd resort
    Of whisperers in anger, or in sport;
    'Mid looks of love, defiance, hate, and scorn,
    Hoodwink'd with faery fancy; all amort,
    Save to St Agnes and her lambs unshorn,
And all the bliss to be before to-morrow morn.

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published By H. B. Nims & Company, Troy, NY.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published By Estes & Lauriat, Boston.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes". Published By H. B. Nims & Company, Troy, NY.
Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes".
Published by H. M. Caldwell Co. New York, Boston.

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Roses of Romance. From the Poems of John Keats (1891 Garrett)
 
Date: 1891

Title: 1) "Title Page"

Artist: Edmund H. Garrett

Description: Edmund Henry Garrett (1853–1929) 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", Title Page. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston.

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The Eve of St. Agnes (1896 Auvergne, Wright Illustration)
 
Date: Circa 1896

Title: "The Eve of St. Agnes" (Title Page)

Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright designed the title page for "The Eve of St. Agnes". John Keats, with an appreciation by Leigh Hunt. This is the only volume solely of "The Eve of St. Agnes" that included Leigh Hunts essay. “Printed on a hand press by William H. Winslow & Chauncey L. Williams (both were Wright neighbors and clients), for pleasure and their friends, at The Auvergne Press, River Forest, Illinois; and finished the 19th day of December 1896. This copy is number 14 of an edition of sixty five copies, printed on hand-made paper. The title page of this little book is from a design especially made for it by Frank L. Wright.”  Published on a hand press by Auvergne Press, River Forest, Illinois.

(Left) Reproduced in "The Eve of St. Agnes", Title Page. Published by Auvergne Press, River Forest, Illinois.

 
 
 
The Eve of St. Agnes (Circa 189x Frowde)
 
Date: Circa 189x

Title: "The Eve of St. Agnes"

Artist: M. Jameson

Description: "The Eve of St. Agnes". By John Keats. Back end paper lining is a color illustration entitled "The Eve of St. Agnes" by M. Jameson. Information is scarce concerning the printing of this edition. WorldCat dates this volume 18xx. Henry Frowde became manager of the Oxford University Press in 1880, and retired in 1913. Horace Hart was appointed as Controller of the Oxford University Press in 1884 and worked there until his death in 1915. Little can be found about Jameson. There was an artist M. Jameson born in 1861. Published by Henry Frowde, London. Printed by Horace Hart, Oxford, Printer to the University.

                              XL
    She hurried at his words, beset with fears,
    For there were sleeping dragons all around,
    At glaring watch, perhaps, with ready spears---
    Down the wide stairs a darkling way they found.---
    In all the house was heard no human sound.
    A chain-droop'd lamp was flickering by each door;
    The arras, rich with horseman, hawk, and hound,
    Flutter'd in the besieging wind's uproar;
And the long carpets rose along the gusty floor. 

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

 
 
 
The Eve of St. Agnes (1900 Seymour)
 
Date: 1900

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes

Artist: Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Description: A Poem by John Keats with a preface written for it by Edmund Gosse. This books is No. 369 of an Edition Limited to 800 copies made upon L.L. Brown’s H.M. paper 20 copies upon Japan vellum paper & 4 copies upon genuine parchment - printed in Chicago by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. From plates made from drawings for each page - designed & lettered by Ralph Fletcher Seymour. (Hard Cover) (Published at The Fine Arts Building Michigan Avenue Chicago Illinois USA, by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.)

                              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". Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

   

 
 
 
The Eve of St. Agnes (Circa 1912 Dixon)
   
Date: Circa 1912

Title: The Eve of St. Agnes

Artist: A. A. Dixon

Description: Published in The Poetical Works of John Keats. Published by Collins’ Clear-Type Press, London & Glasgow. Printed in Great Britain. There are four illustration by A. A. Dixon, one of which is illustrated for "The Eve of St. Agnes." "She knelt, so pure a thing, so free from mortal taint." Page 231. Illustrations appear to be dated "-10" (1910?).

                              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.

 
 
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 (1893—1968) 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.

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    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.

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