An old king and his beloved cup. The King of Thule (1896)

An old king and his beloved cup. The King of Thule (1896)

2/10/2021, 4:43:29 PM
An old king and his beloved cup. The King of Thule (1896) by Pierre Jean Van der Ouderaa (1841-1915) is based on a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, written in 1774. There was a king in Thule, Was faithful till the grave, To whom his mistress, dying, A golden goblet gave. Nought was to him more precious; He drained it at every bout; His eyes with tears ran over, As often as he drank thereout. When came his time of dying, The towns in his land he told, Nought else to his heir denying Except the goblet of gold. He sat at the royal banquet With his knights of high degree, In the lofty hall of his fathers In the castle by the sea. There stood the old carouser, and drank the last life glow; And hurled the hallowed goblet Into the tide below. He saw it plunging and filling, And sinking deep in the sea: Then fell his eyelids for ever, And never more drank he! #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BelgianArt #BelgianArtist #BelgianPainter #Poem #Poetry #Goethe #JohannWolfgangvonGoethe #GermanPoet #King #KingofThule #GoldenCup

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