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image of The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty Julia Margaret Cameron (artist)
British, 1815 - 1879
The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty, June 1866
albumen print from collodion negative
overall: 36.1 x 26.7 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.)
New Century Fund
1997.97.1
Not on View
From the Tour: Selected Photographs from the Collection
Object 7 of 15

The title of this photograph comes from John Milton's poem "L'Allegro," written in 1632:

Haste thee nymph, and bring with thee
Jest and youthful Jollity,
Quips and Cranks, and wanton Wiles,
Nods, and Becks, and Wreathed Smiles,
   such as hang on Hebe's cheek,
And love to live in dimple sleek;
Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it as you go
On the light fantastic toe,
And in thy right hand lead with thee,
The Mountain Nymph, sweet Liberty;
And if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crue
To live with her, and live with thee,
   In unreproved pleasures free

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