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  • Waterhouse bases his portrayal of Lamia upon Keats' poem, published in 1820:

    She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue,
    Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue;
    Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard,
    Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr'd;
    And full of silver moons, that, as she breathed,
    Dissolv'd, or brighter shone, or interwreathed
    Their lustres with the gloomier tapestries--
    So rainbow-sided, touch'd with miseries,
    She seem'd, at once, some penanced lady elf,
    Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self.

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