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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Afternoon landscape: poems and translations, To a young convert. (search)
To a young convert. Lulled by sweet words and lured by saintly charms, I see thy weary, wandering steps begin To enter where the Church spreads wide her arms, Arms that have clasped their many thousands in. From turret-windows and from high-arched door Looks many a face of saint and martyr dear: “Hail, Eve's lost daughter, Hevae filia exul. wanderer now no more! Earth's chill damp air shall never reach thee here! “Here Dante, Bayard, Catherine knelt in prayer; Come in! their great remembrance makes us strong.” Oh, enter not! for peril haunts the air Which even the loveliest lips have breathed too long. Come out upon the mountain tops with me! See the glad day break o'er their spires of blue! There lies within those cloisters' tracery A deadlier poison than in dankest dew. The Orient sun, that in that templed span Lit all of beauty saintliest eyes could see, Still falls in blessing on the humblest man Who works for freedom with a soul set free. In vain I thou canst not; yet t<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 20: Italy.—May to September, 1839.—Age, 28. (search)
n exceeded his expectations. He read not only Dante, Petrarch, Tasso, Boccaccio, Macchiavelli, Guieorgia,—then pursuing researches for a Life of Dante, on which he was engaged. At Wilde's request,and afterwards at Venice others connected with Dante. In Florence, he met a tourist from Boston, a affectionately yours, C. S. P. S. Ah, my Dante! how I have thrilled under his stern and beaum you,—I shall be among the Tedeschi lurchi,as Dante calls the children of the Black Forest. Good-and Imprisonment of Tasso; undertook a Life of Dante, which he did not live to complete; and becamety on my part. Wilde is busy with the Life of Dante. Have you seen Vol. I. of the Reports of the that I was able to keep in the house. I read Dante, Tasso's Gerusalemme, the Decameron of Boccaccoscope. Petrarch is always delicious. I read Dante with great attention, using four different ediifying that minimum—was to read the Inferno of Dante! I wish I were in Rome now, to talk with Mrs.[2 more...
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 21: Germany.—October, 1839, to March, 1840.—Age, 28-29. (search)
Hillard,—Still at Heidelberg. I trust this greeting to you will go by the British Queen, though I fear it is one day too late. I shall be in London three days after this letter, so that you may expect me soon, very soon. I wish I had news of you and Longfellow; but I presume I shall hear nothing more of you till I actually see you face to face. You will ask me: Well, are you not sorry to quit Europe? I shall use no disguise, and will not affect a pleasure I do not feel. I have, as my Dante has it, sembianza ne trista ne lieta.I should be glad to stay longer, but I am so thankful to have seen what I have, that I come home content: and I wish you to believe these words as I write them. I feel, too, that though I renounce pleasure and agreeable pursuits, I return to friends whom I love, and in whose sympathy and conversation I promise myself great happiness. All these scenes of the Old World we will recall together, and in our quiet circle repeat the grand tour. My regret at l
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 23: return to his profession.—1840-41.—Age, 29-30. (search)
on; by overhauling papers, old letters, and sifting accounts, in order to see if there be any thing on which to plant an action. The sigh will come for a canto of Dante, a rhapsody of Homer, a play of Schiller. But I shall do my devoir. To Horatio Greenough, Florence. Boston, Sept. 30, 1840. my dear Greenough,—I recei are Florentines now, like yourself. I saw Wilde in New York, on his arrival. He was in fine spirits, and made himself most agreeable in society. He was full of Dante. I like to see a man instinct, as it were, with his subject. Believe me ever sincerely yours, Charles Sumner. P. S. A friend of mine saw your Abdiel in Nnd the country will gain by them. We do not differ much about McLeod. I trust Minos will teach the Lockport judge some of the duties of the bench. Where would Dante doom him? The English, you say, were right in destroying the Caroline. I am disposed to think so on the facts as we have them; but their course can only be vindi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 25: service for Crawford.—The Somers Mutiny.—The nation's duty as to slavery.—1843.—Age, 32. (search)
so little apparent desire to display the treasures garnered up. In a small compass we have a survey of the whole field of poetry. We catch the far-off sounding voice of Homer; the graceful notes of Virgil; the plaintive, soul-distilled melody of Dante; the magnificent strains of Milton. To these, and the lesser votaries of the lyre, the orator has listened, and we feel the music of their verse in his descriptions. We shall only repeat what we have heard from various lips, that this productioon. Greene is gentle and kind, and remembers well the little feasts with you. He has only a very short leave of absence, and will be in Rome in November. He tells us of art and literature. Have I announced to you a translation of ten cantos of Dante by young Dr. Parsons,—the dentist,—of Winter Street, which has much merit, and is a prelude to a translation in the same style of the whole work? But all mere literary intelligence pales before Hillard's great triumph on Phi Beta Kappa. His suc
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
n wittily said, have nothing in common but the initial letter; Atlantic Monthly (Nov. 1887), vol IX. p. 718. and a German thinker has written that no one can be blind to his own merit any more than to his height. Schopenhauer. A reviewer of Macaulay, Quarterly Review, July and Oct. 1876, p. 6. who was also accused of an inordinate estimate of himself, has tersely said of vanity that it is a defect rather than a vice; never admitted into the septenary catalogue of the mortal sins of Dante and the Church; often lodged by the side of high and strict virtue, often allied with an amiable and playful innocence,—a token of imperfection, a deduction from greatness, and no more. This quality or habit of Sumner, whatever he had of it, was harmless. It led him to no distorted view of men and things, to no underestimate of other mien's powers, to no disparagement of their work, and no disregard of their opinions and counsels. Jealousy and envy were no part of his nature. He praise
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, chapter 14 (search)
mber 10: In my rapid rambles I have enjoyed much of nature and art. Switzerland every moment, in every mountain, hill, lake, river, valley, and field, filled me with delight. The North of Italy left a painful impression, for everywhere were white-coated Austrians. Germany more than satisfied me by its prevailing intelligence and civilization. I have made many little pilgrimages,—to Brescia, because there was the original of Thorwaldsen's Day and night to Verona, because it sheltered Dante in his exile; to Vicenza, because it was the home of the architect Palladio; and to Worms, because of Luther. These days have been sweet and happy. Everywhere I have taken to the pictures, and also to the engravings. The gallery at Dresden is most charming. No building or institution has impressed me so much as the emperor's stalls at Vienna, with seven hundred horses stalled in a palace. I left with admiration of the palatial structure, vast in extent, and of the horses, which were mos
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 43: return to the Senate.—the barbarism of slavery.—Popular welcomes.—Lincoln's election.—1859-1860. (search)
ed a note, recalling how heartily he grasped Sumner's hand at their last meeting at Argyll Lodge. Motley wrote Sumner, Jan. 2, 1860: Do you remember the breakfast at Holly Lodge? This was the last time we had any of us the pleasure of meeting Macaulay, I believe. I am sure it was the last time that I saw him, and I am not likely to forget it very soon. Do you remember how gay and amusing he was after breakfast, in his library,—repeating ballads from Mother Goose, and quoting stanzas from Dante's Inferno in the same breath, and fighting Monckton Milnes about German poetry? Well, in that very room, and in the very arm-chair in which he then sat, he breathed his last, on Wednesday evening last, 28 December. For once Sumner came home for the Christmas and New Year holidays. While at home he was presented by James Freeman Clarke, George W. Bond. and others with an interesting souvenir,—a dessert service of knives and forks once belonging to Lajos Batthyanyi, the Hungarian patr
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
and expounded Alfieri, Metastasio, Tasso, and Dante to his pupils, and in 1825 published in The Neommented upon in America; Ticknor's classes in Dante did not begin until 1831. In 1829, upon Da Posometimes (as in 1831) a class that would read Dante with him; he established for his own subjects his Uncle Ticknor had gone, and his studies in Dante give no sign of contact with those of his kinsship for which he is notable—the fine arts and Dante. Norton presents the extensive studies he has already begun in Dante's works: gathering from the Commedia, the Convito, and the De Vulgari Eloqusually bibliographical, upon various points in Dante scholarship; it has contributed to the assembling in the Harvard library of a large Dante collection; it offers an annual prize for an essay uponhin the reach of prose. Here the austerity of Dante seems to have fused with the austerity of the its own, however, with other prose versions of Dante. Norton's teaching and writing about the fi[11 more...]
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
Dall, W. H., 166 Daly, Augustin, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 275 Damnation of Theron Ware, the, 92 Dana, Charles A., 121, 122, 164, 182, 324, 331 Dana, J. D, 477 Dana, R. H., 139 Danbury [Conn.] News, 21 Danites, the, 275, 290 Dante, 77, 116, 231, 238, 450, 455, 459, 488, 489, 490 Da Ponte, Lorenzo, 449-50, 473 n. Darby, Wm., 432 Darling of the gods, the, 281, 282 D'Artlys, 594 Dartmouth College, 50, 345, 392, 393, 412, 452-53, 473 Darwin, 192, 209, 219, 229n more poems, the, 60 Oldtown Folks, 72, 73 Old Virginia and her Neighbors, 193 Olive branch, the, 432 Oliver Goldsmith, 283 Ollantay Tambo, 625 Olmsted, Frederick Law, 162, 488 Omar, the tent Maker, 281 Omoo, 156 On a Bust of Dante, 38 On a soldier fallen in the Philippines, 64 On being a Christian, 217 On Canada's frontier, 165 Onderdonck, Henry, Jr., 179 One sweetly solemn thought, 499 On Lynn Terrace, 37 On the adoption of a uniform orthography for the I
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