A is for Albert Edward, King Arthur, Alcibiades and Aphrodite

A’s Albert Edward, well meaning but flighty,
Who invited King Arthur, the blameless and mighty,
To meet Alcibiades and Aphrodite.

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The Letter ‘A’

In the letter ‘A’, Edward VII, who gave his name to the Edwardian Era, is in the foreground sipping tea around a table with a stern King Arthur, a self satisfied Alcibiades and attractive Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. All three men are charmed, in their own way, by the beautiful goddess.

From An Alphabet of Celebrities by Oliver Herford (1899).