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May 5, 2007
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Taking Home the Bride by KristinaGehrmann Taking Home the Bride by KristinaGehrmann
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"What! ride an hundred miles tonight,
By thy mad fancies driven!
Dost hear the bell with its sullen swell,
As it rumbles out eleven?"
"Look forth! look forth! the moon shines bright:
We and the dead gallop fast thro' the night.
'Tis for a wager I bear thee away
To the nuptial couch ere the break of day."

Here to the right and there to the left
Flew fields of corn and clover,
And the bridges flashed by to the dazzled eye,
As rattling they thundered over.
"What ails my love? the moon shines bright:
Bravely the dead men ride through the night.
Is my love afraid of the quiet dead?"
"Ah! no; -- let them sleep in their dusty bed!"

And swiftly up to an iron gate
With reins relaxed they went;
At the rider's touch the bolts flew back
And the bars were broken and bent;
The doors were burst with a deafening knell,
And over the white graves they dashed pell mell:
The tombs around looked grassy and grim,
As they glimmered and glanced in the moonlight dim.

But see! but see! in an eyelid's beat,
Towhoo! a ghastly wonder!
The horseman's jerkin, piece by piece,
Dropped off like brittle tinder!
Fleshless and hairless, a naked skull,
The sight of his weird head was horrible;
The lifelike mask was there no more,
And a scythe and a sandglass the skeleton bore.

A painting inspired by the ballad "Lenore", written in 1774. (Here is the complete German text by A.G. Bürger: [link] )

Read the English poem here: [link]

Painted using: Aiptek Graphics tablet and Photoshop 7
Time: About 20 hours
Music: Michelangeli, Mozart, Rubinstein
References used: for the horse, for Lenore's face, for the skull
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SoMudkip Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. :O I can't get over how great their expressions are!
nishagandhi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have featured ur work in my blog :)
Hokova Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I just now got to reading it and its a great poem.
RwDonoughe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I absolutely love the colors and tone you used. It matches the poem perfectly.
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Allatwan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, we have a similar song in Brittany! :O Except "Death" takes the bride in a boat to cross the ocean.
GreenScholar9 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
The woman's dress is amazing!
KiyaMM Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Gorgeus! Love the effect of the moonlight!

Thank you so much for adding your work to Digital Delicacies! :heart:
xXTrinityKnightXx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing and hauntingly beautiful . . .
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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