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Queen Summer

Walter Crane

Book Overview: 

this charming little book tells the story of what might happen in the garden on a summer day, when the knights of the rose and those of the lily have a tournament because someone in the lily family mocked a rose.

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Book Excerpt: 
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Round Time’s dial thronged the hours,
Masking in the Masque of Flowers

[Pg 5]

Like knights and ladies fair be-dight
In silk attire, both red and white.

[Pg 6]

And as the winds about them played,
And shook the flowers or disarrayed,

[Pg 7]

A whispered word among them goes
Of how the Lily flouts the Rose,

[Pg 8]

Suitors for Summer’s favor dear,
To win the crown of all the year—
And how each champion brave would fight,
Queen Summer to decide the right.

[Pg 9]

Then shrill the wind-wing. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not really long enough to be 'epic'. Nice pictures though. Sort of English Victorian/Edwardian pre-Raphælite Mediævel-esque. I think I would have liked this more as a kid.

Very charming, with the greatest of illustrations!