The subject of this painting was suggested by a very old French Ballad, entitled "Alonzo and Imogine,--A Tale of the Crusades,"--of which the subjoined is a literal translation. . . . "It must be so!" the warrior said/ To Imogine, the young and fair:--/ "It must be so!--I am a knight,/ . . . But soon will come another love,/ Within whose arms thou'lt dry each tear." "Untrue to thee! Oh never!--No!/ Dear Alonzo."--said the fair:--/ . . . Let the phantom of Alonzo/ Ask his rights upon my life,/ . . . Twelve months had slowly passed away--/ A baron of high origin,/ With many gifts and great display,/ Demands the hand of Imogine. . . . She her troth doth pledge to marry,/ And for bridal is arrayed./ Now the festival commences,--/ . . . With an air bespeaking terror,/ To the unknown guest she spake--/ "Raise, Sir Knight, your ebon vizor,/ And our nuptial mirth partake."/ With her wish the knight complied,/ But, Oh, God! The horrid sight!--/ The casque was raised and to all eyes/ Revealed behind--a ghastly sprite! . . . In his hideous arms he clasped her,--/ The faithless girl in vain implored,--/ Instantaneously they vanished,/ And her shrieks alone were heard./ Night and day, the baron sorrow'd,/ But his loss he could not bear,--/ Soon he died:--since then that castle/ Has been lone,--no life is there! [Pp. 13-15.]
Lilly Martin, Marietta Artist. 1841. By Edmund Flagg. Catalogue of Miss Martin's Paintings.
Artist address: Marietta, Ohio.
Literature--Lewis--Alonzo The Brave, And The Fair Imogene