Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Fiesole - Giosuè Carducci

Where Fiesole saw from her citadel
The livid Arno once stagnate, the place
Where flowers Sulla's city, now slow of pace
Franciscans climb, recalled by clanging bell.
Among the Etruscan ruins lizards dwell,
Their fixed eyes watch through every crannied space;
While Hesper shines in solitary grace,
From cypress groves wind-wearied meanings swell.
The joyous belfry dominates the plain
From moon-shaped curve, as when Italians rose
In the dread year their glories to restore.
O Mino, thou in marble dost attain
To Nature, in thy curl-crowned boys she glows,
Maiden and mother smiling evermore.

Giosuè Carducci (1835 - 1907) Italy
Fiesole is near Florence. 
Sulla was a Roman king.
Mino was a 15th century sculptor.

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