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Frank Dicksee (1853-1928)
“The Beautiful Lady Without Pity (La Belle Dame Sans Merci)”

The painting is inspired by “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” a ballad written by the English poet John Keats, originally in 1819.

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La Belle Dame sans Merci [The Beautiful Lady without Mercy] (1926), Frank Cadogan Cowper

And there she lullèd me asleep,
And there I dreamed—Ah! woe betide!—
The latest dream I ever dreamt
On the cold hill side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—‘La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!’

John Keats, 1819