Guinevere. Alfred Lord Tennyson. Illustrated by Byam Shaw. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1906.

QUEEN GUINEVERE had fled the court, and sat 
There in the holy house at Almesbury
Weeping, none with her save a little maid, 
A novice: one low light betwixt them burn'd 
Blurred by the creeping mist, for all abroad, 
Beneath a moon unseen albeit at full, 
The white mist, like a face-cloth to the face,
Clung to the dead earth, and the land was still.

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
–from “Eleonora” by Edgar Allan Poe

(Illustration by Byam Shaw for a London edition dated 1909).


John Byam Liston Shaw (British, 1872–1919), “Blessed Damozel” by Sofi