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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

XV. AT THE CONVENT OF CAMALDOLI

          GRIEVE for the Man who hither came bereft,
          And seeking consolation from above;
          Nor grieve the less that skill to him was left
          To paint this picture of his lady-love:
          Can she, a blessed saint, the work approve?
          And oh, good Brethren of the cowl, a thing
          So fair, to which with peril he must cling,
          Destroy in pity, or with care remove.
          That bloom--those eyes--can they assist to bind
          Thoughts that would stray from Heaven? The dream must cease 10
          To be; by Faith, not sight, his soul must live;
          Else will the enamoured Monk too surely find
          How wide a space can part from inward peace
          The most profound repose his cell can give.


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