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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

VI. PLEA FOR THE HISTORIAN

          FORBEAR to deem the Chronicler unwise,
          Ungentle, or untouched by seemly ruth,
          Who, gathering up all that Time's envious tooth
          Has spared of sound and grave realities,
          Firmly rejects those dazzling flatteries,
          Dear as they are to unsuspecting Youth,
          That might have drawn down Clio from the skies
          To vindicate the majesty of truth.
          Such was her office while she walked with men,
          A Muse, who, not unmindful of her Sire                      10
          All-ruling Jove, whate'er the theme might be
          Revered her Mother, sage Mnemosyne,
          And taught her faithful servants how the lyre
          Should animate, but not mislead, the pen.


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