O sweet illusions of song
That tempt me everywhere,
In the lonely fields, and the throng
Of the crowded thoroughfare!
I approach and ye vanish away,
I grasp you, and ye are gone;
But ever by night and by day,
The melody soundeth on.
As the weary traveller sees
In desert or prairie vast,
Blue lakes, overhung with trees
That a pleasant shadow cast;
Fair towns with turrets high,
And shining roofs of gold,
That vanish as he draws nigh,
Like mists together rolled --
So I wander and wander along,
And forever before me gleams
The shining city of song,
In the beautiful land of dreams.
But when I would enter the gate
Of that golden atmosphere,
It is gone, and I wonder and wait
For the vision to reappear.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
is the fairy half-sister
of King Arthur.
Morgan le Fay, alternatively known as Morgane, Morgain, Morgana and
other variants, is a powerful sorceress and antagonist of King Arthur
and Queen Guinevere
in the Arthurian legend.
The early works featuring Morgan do not elaborate her character beyond
her role as a fay or magician. She became much more prominent in the
later cyclical prose works such as the Lancelot-Grail and the Post-Vulgate
in which she is said to be the daughter of Arthur's mother, the Lady
Igraine, and her first husband, Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall; Arthur is
her half brother
by Igraine and Uther Pendragon. Morgan has at least two older sisters,
Elaine and Morgause, the latter of whom is the mother of Sir Gawain
and the traitor Mordred. In Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and
she is married, unhappily, to King Urien of Gore and Ywain is her son.
Though she becomes an adversary of the Round Table when Guinevere discovers
her adultery with one of her husband's knights, she eventually reconciles
with her brother, and even serves as one of the four enchantresses
who carry the king to Avalon--the Island of Apples--after his final
battle at Camlann.