Ivan Bilibin detail. scan from Russian Legends: Folk Tales and Fairy Tales.
Ivan Bilibin, illustration from “Vasilisa the Beautiful”, 1899
Constantinople by Chris Turnham
Based on the Decemberists’ song.
For the Sultan’s weary bride, she won’t be wed tonight
Nor fall beneath a canopy to lie
For far across the town, her lover’s lying drowned
And painted by the Bosporus in blue
And there’s nothing for a broken heart to do
No, there’s nothing for a broked heart to do
Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer.