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VALLOMBROSA

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE

V A L L O M B RO SA

BY

W. W: STORY

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AUTHOR OF

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ROBA DI ROMA,' GRAFFITI D'ITALIA,'

'NERO, ETC.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCLXXXI

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VALLOMBROS A.

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[N the latter part of last October I found myself

in the lower slopes of the Apennines, on the shadowy hills of Vallombrosa. Its very name, which Milton has made familiar to English ears, has a poetic and romantic attraction; and whenever it is pronounced, there rises in the memory his famous simile of the innumerable legions of angelic forms

“ who lay entranced,
Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks
In Vallombrosa, where the Etrurian shades
High overarched embower.”

But of the many who know by heart these magical lines, how few there are to whom Vallom

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