An unpublished descriptive poem written in response to a visit to what was possibly the first public display of one of the most important Pre-Raphaelite paintings- ñThe Awakening Conscienceî by William Holman Hunt (1853), which was hung at the Royal Academy in 1854. The poem is written on pale blue notepaper embossed with the blind stamp of ñThe Atheneumî. The author is unknown but demonstrates awareness of the drama in this famous painting by empathising with the imagined events of the scene painted by the artist. This was a work that was very controversial on its first showing. First line: ñShe has started from his claspî.