The Vision of Sir Launfal. James Russell LOWELL.
The Vision of Sir Launfal

The Vision of Sir Launfal

Cambridge: George Nichols, 1848. 12mo (18.3 x 11.1 cm). vi, 27 pages. Original yellow glazed paper boards printed in black. Spine perished, some wear at corners, small stain on title. Item #406579

FIRST EDITION. "According to the mythology of the Romancers, the San Greal, or Holy Grail, was the cup out of which Jesus partook of the last supper with his disciples. It was brought into England by Joseph of Arimathea, and remained there, an object of pilgrimage and adoration, for many years in the keeping of his lineal descendants. It was incumbent upon those who had charge of it to be chaste in thought, word, and deed; but one of the keepers having broken this condition, the Holy Grail disappeared. From that time it was a favorite enterprise of the knights of Arthur's court to go in search of it. Sir Galahad was at last successful in finding it, as may be read in the seventeenth book of the Romance of King Arthur. Tennyson has made Sir Galahad the subject of one of the most exquisite of his poems. The plot (if I may give that name to any thing so slight) of the following poem is my own, and, to serve its purposes, I have enlarged the circle of competition in search of the miraculous cup in such a manner as to include, not only other persons than the heroes of the Round Table, but also a period of time subsequent to the date of King Arthur's reign" (Author's Note). BAL 13069.

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