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PAURA NON E NELLA CARITA, by            
First Line: The place, a tuscan churchyard, and the time
Last Line: And smile to hear the fatal words she saith!
Subject(s): Autumn; Cemeteries; Death; Messages & Messengers; Seasons; Tuscany, Italy; Fall; Graveyards; Dead, The


THE place, a Tuscan churchyard, and the time,
Languorous autumn, and late afternoon;
The silence of surrender; the solemn moon,—
Pale ghost of some unexpiated Crime,—
Viewing the sun's recessional sublime
Austerely; while the shadowy lagoon
Trembles along the surface, ceasing soon
As to the whisper of an alien clime.

But who are these, unheeding the chill gloom,
That move along the avenues of Death,
Or idly pause before some ancient tomb,
Where each, to hold the other, lingereth?
Ah, only lovers can bear the eyes of Doom,
And smile to hear the fatal words she saith!





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