Sadly and slowly the long day dies,
All golden and crimson flame the skies,
And the silvery moon climbs high.
I’m searching and yearning, and weeping low
For happiness which I can not know;
For hopes that have passed me by.
—A poem by Princess Mathilde of Bavaria, the sixth child of Ludwig III of Bavaria and Maria theresa of Austria-Este. She died in 1906 at the age of 28; her family published a group of her poems, translated into English by John Heard as ‘Life-Dreams: The Poems of a Blighted Life,’ after her death.
For those wondering about her distant connection to Marie Antoinette: Mathilde was the daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, who was the only child of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este, who was the son of Maria Beatrice of Savoy, who was the daughter of (another) Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, who was the daughter of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria—a son of Maria Theresa and elder brother to Marie Antoinette.
Costume detail: Marie Antoinette (2006)