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Release date 08.01.2012
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... TASSO, GERUS. LIB. CANT. XIV. ST. 32. Prescr commiato, e si '1 desio gli sprona," etc Dismiss'D at length, they break through all delay To tempt the dangers of the doubtful way; And first to Ascalon their steps they bend, Whose walls along the neighboring sea extend, Nor yet in prospect rose the distant shore; Scarce the hoarse waves from far were heard to roar, When thwart the road a river roll'd its flood Tempestuous, and all further course withstood; The torrent stream his ancient bounds disdains, Swoll'n with new force, and late - descending rains. Irresolute they stand; when lo appears The wondrous Sage: vigorous he seem'd in years, Awful his mien, low as his feet there flows A vestment unadorn'd, though white as new-fall'n snows; Against the stream the wave secure he trod. His head a chaplet bore, his hand a rod. As on the Rhine, when Boreas' fury reigns, And winter binds the floods in icy chains, Swift shoots the village-maid in rustic play, Smooth, without step, adown the shining way, Fearless in long excursion loves to glide, And sports and wantons o'er the frozen tide. So moved the seer, but on no harden'd plain; The river boil'd beneath, and rush'd toward the main. Where fix'd in wonder stood the warlike pair, His course he turn'd, and thus relieved their care: "Vast, oh my friends, and difficult the toil To seek your hero in a distant soil No common helps, no common guide ye need, Art it requires, and more than winged speed. What length of sea remains, what various lands, Oceans unknown, inhospitable sands For adverse fate the captive chief has hurl'd Beyond the confines of our narrow world: Great things and full of wonder in your ears I shall unfold; but first dismiss your fears; Nor doubt with me to tread the downward road That to th...

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