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GLIMPSES OF ITALY: 2. THE CLOISTER GARDEN AT CERTOSA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is a place monastic, set above
Last Line: Throws back the sun and tolls the tranquil hours.
Subject(s): Certosa De Pavia, Italy; Gardens & Gardening


It is a place monastic, set above
The city's pride and pleasuring below;
The benediction of the sky breathes love
Over the olive trees and vines a-row.

The old gray walls are dedicate to prayer
And silence; in the corridors dim-lit
Lurks many a painting,, many a fresco rare
Done by some brother for the joy of it.

Pale lavender and red pomegranate trees,
Roses and poppies spilling garden sweets;
And tall lush grasses and grain, and, circling these,
The cool cloistral walks and shadowed seats.

By a sun-dial in the center, rests
One brown-robed Father; and his lips recite
Some holy word; little he heeds the jests
Of those who make the world their chief delight.

While Florence, far below, from dreamy towers
Throws back the sun and tolls the tranquil hours.





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