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First Line: Unto a lonely villa in a dell
Last Line: The beauty and the glorious art of greece.
Subject(s): Death; Jews; Dead, The; Judaism


UNTO a lonely villa in a dell
Above the fragrant warm Provencal shore
The dying Rachel in a chair they bore
Up the steep pine-plumed paths of the Estrelle,

And laid her in a stately room, where fell
The shadow of a marble Muse of yore--
The rose-crown'd queen of legendary lore,
Polymnia--full on her death-bed. 'Twas well!

The fret and misery of our northern towns,
In this her life's last day, our poor, our pain,
Our jangle of false wits, our climate's frowns,

Do for this radiant Greek-soul'd artist cease;
Sole object of her dying eyes remain
The beauty and the glorious art of Greece.





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