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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Leaves from a Roman diary: February, 1869 (Rewritten in 1897) (search)
at Rome had changed less in the last fifteen years than other large cities, and that Antonelli replied, Yes; God be praised for it! Feb. 25, 1869. The elder Herbert The elder of two brothers, sons of an English artist. has painted a fine picture, and we all went to look at it this afternoon, as it will be packed up to-morren, you fellow, And take the coulter out of your plough; For you are ploughing amid the graves of men, And the dust you turn up is the dust of your ancestors. Herbert has substituted buffalos for oxen as being more picturesque, though they were not imported into Italy until some time in the Middle Ages. It is generally predicted that Herbert will become an R. A. like his father; but the subject is even more to his credit than his treatment of it. It is discussed at the Lapre whether this verse has been equalled by Tennyson or Longfellow, and the conclusion was: Not proven. March 1, 1869. The Longfellows are gone, and Rome is filling up with a diff