She only said, 'My life is dreary--
He cometh not' she said;
She said, 'I am aweary, aweary--
I would that I were dead.'
An excerpt from "Mariana",
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
This painting is a good example of Millais's attention to detail: he purchased velvet and draperies to exactly copy the folds seen in Mariana's gown. Millais copied the stained glass from the windows of Merton College Chapel.