The Vow of the Peacock and Other Poems

The Vow of the Peacock and Other Poems  (1835) 
by Letitia Elizabeth Landon








THE


VOW OF THE PEACOCK.





LONDON:
PRINTED BY JAMES MOYES,
Castle Street, Leicester Square.


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London, Published 1835, by Saunders & Otley.

THE


VOW OF THE PEACOCK,


AND


OTHER POEMS.




BY

L. E. L.

AUTHOR OF
"THE IMPROVISATRICE," "THE GOLDEN VIOLET," &c.





LONDON:

SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET.


1835.



INTRODUCTION.




The idea of the following Poem was taken from a Picture by Mr. M'Clise, called "The Vow of the Peacock," exhibited this year at Somerset House. I have attempted to attach a narrative to the brilliant scene represented by the painting.

The fact of a lady in distress applying to some renowned knight for assistance, belongs as much to the history of chivalry as to its romance. Vows on the heron, the pheasant, and the peacock, to do some deed of arms, were common in the olden time. My story, founded on this picturesque custom, is entirely fanciful, though its scenes and manners are strictly historical.

L. E. L.



This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.