Lady of Shallott'

A maiden who fell in love with Sir Lancelot of the Lake, and died because her love was not returned. Tennyson has a poem on the subject; and the story of Elaine, “the lily maid of Astolat,” in the Idylls of the King, is substantially the same. (See Elaine.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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