Sunday, 7 December 2008


She holds a dagger in one hand, and a sceptre and crown in the other. Muse of Tragedy.

The Two Worlds, Or, Here and Hereafter
William Howell, 1865

Melpomene, arrayed in glittering garb,
Advances buskined leg, with dagger poised,
In solemn state, and meditative air,
Premising awful, bloody tragedy :
Her sceptered hands grasp crowns as well.

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