Found on the south facade of the Scott monument.
Constance (from the poem 'Marmion', 1808) is shown wearing padded
shorts and a short jacket, her arms crossed at her chest, her chin
raised, gazing nobly into the distance.
Constance is a perjured nun "Whom the Church numbered with
the dead / For broken vows, and convent fled."
The discarded lover of the English knight Marmion, she follows
him disguised as a page, in hope of winning back his love, although
he is intent on wooing the wealthy Lady Clare. Constance is unmasked
at the convent at Whitby, and is punished by being bricked up alive.
Conscious of her own failings, she nevertheless goes to her death
proud and scornful of the monks whose task it is to entomb her:
"Now, men of death, work forth your will,
For I can suffer, and be still;
And come he slow, or come he fast,
It is but Death who comes at last."
The statue of Constance is by Katherine Anne Fraser Tytler
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