Quotation by Alfred Tennyson

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She looked down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror cracked from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.
Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), British poet. The Lady of Shalott, pt. 3, st. 5 (1832, rev. 1842).

The Lady of Shalott defies the injunction not to gaze upon the world unless through a mirror, as Lancelot passes.
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