King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid

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Edward Burne-Jones


, Aesthetic painter, illustrator, designer and tapestry designer

King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid


290 x 136 cms | 114 x 53 1/2 ins
Oil on canvas

Tate Gallery

London | United Kingdom

The Beggar Maid
by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Her arms across her breast she laid;
  She was more fair than words can say;
Barefooted came the beggar maid
  Before the king Cophetua.
In robe and crown the king stept down,
  To meet and greet her on her way;
It is no wonder,' said the lords,
  She is more beautiful than day.'

As shines the moon in clouded skies,
  She in her poor attire was seen;
One praised her ankles, one her eyes,
  One her dark hair and lovesome mien.
So sweet a face, such angel grace,
  In all that land had never been.
Cophetua sware a royal oath:
  This beggar maid shall be my queen!'