A representation of the May Queen's decline, exemplifying the line 'To-night I saw the sun set'(page 16). The optimism and lyricism of earlier scenes is replaced by melancholy contemplation as the May Queen looks at the sinking sun, a metaphor for the ending of life. Her decline is also symbolized by the fading of nature, with bare twigs at the window replacing the fruit of earlier designs. 3½ x 4 inches. Wood engraving, cut by Horace Harral. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Tennyson, Alfred. The May Queen. London: Sampson Low, 1861.

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