AL I:19Posted: May 8, 2012
O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them!
An obvious reference to Nuit from I:14 She bends in ecstasy, reinforcing the link to the Scarlet Woman from I:16.
Azure-lidded is from a popular stanza from Keats The Eve of St. Agnes (1820). In this poem a young woman performs a rite that she has been told will give her dreams of her future husband. Mean while, Porphyro, has been informed by a servant that she is attempting to perform this rite, which he regards as a superstition. He secretly hides himself away in her room, intending on waking her up after she has gone to sleep, in the hopes that she will think it her dream and accept him as her husband. The following passage occurs as he leaves the closet and prepares to wake her:
And still she slept an azure-lidded sleep,
In blanched linen, smooth, and lavender’d
With the union of Nuit, whose body contain all the sun of the universe, and the Serpent upon the brow, we get the image of the Khepresh. The Khepresh is an ancient Egyptian crown that features a Uraeus wrapped around a blue mitre painted with many small gold suns (The Starry Blue of I:14). It is also known as the war crown, as it is often depicted atop the head of a Pharaoh engaged in battle.