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GLIMPSES OF ITALY: 1. IN AN ITALIAN HILL TOWN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I missed the uses of my mother tongue
Last Line: The universal language of a smile!
Subject(s): Beauty; Italy; Lips; Smiles; Italians


I MISSED the uses of my mother tongue;
Afire with Beauty, yet I scarce could speak
A few, poor stammering words, hard-wrung
From lips inapt. So, through a silent week
Of dreamful isolation wandered I,
The dumbest thing between the sod and sky.

But heaven sent me token, after while:
A wee bambino waved a chubby hand
At me, the stranger, in the open street;
Smiling, it waved; I found it very sweet,
This wordless converse; both could understand
The universal language of a smile!





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