The Eve of St. Agnes: Stanza 24 - Summary

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A casement high and triple-arch’d there was,
All garlanded with carven imag’ries
Of fruits, and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass,
And diamonded with panes of quaint device,
Innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,
As are the tiger-moth’s deep-damask’d wings;
And in the midst, ’mong thousand heraldries,
And twilight saints, and dim emblazonings,
A shielded scutcheon blush’d with blood of queens and kings.


      In this stanza, the poet has given us a description of Madeline’s chamber. There is a high window with three arches, having round it a representation of garlands of fruits, flowers and weeds cut in relief. The window is set with sheets of glass of antique design and of innumerable bright colors, like those found on the richly streaked deep bluish colored-wings of the tiger moth.

      On the window panes were also carved innumerable armorial bearings and heraldic signs bearing witness to the long history of Madeline’s family and her noble descent. Besides the heraldic signs, there were the figures of many saints dimly or faintly carved on the window. In the midst of all these carvings and paintings, there was depicted a shield with a device on it. This shield was depicted in red and, as one looked at it, it seemed to be blushing and reminding the beholder of the innumerable deeds of valor and heroism that the brave and noble ancestors of Madeline had performed. This shield was an indication of Madeline’s noble descent.

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