The Blessed Damozel - 1875-78
Oil on canvas
A illustration for a poem of the same title. Its the only painting that is based on one of his peoms, usually the painting come first. This is two verses of The Blessed Damozel:
The blessed damozel leaned out
From the gold bar of Heaven;
Her eyes were deeper than the depth
Of water stilled at even;
She had three lilies in her hand,
And the stars in her hair were seven.
Her robe, ungirt from clasp to hem,
No wrought flowers did adorn,
But white roses of Mary's gift,
For a service meetly worn;
Her hair that lay along her back
Was yellow like ripe corn.