Alessandro Manzoni

(1785-1873 / Italy)

Alessandro Manzoni Quotes

Il Cinque Maggio

HE was - As motionless as lay,
First mingled with the dead,
The relics of the senseless clay,
Whence such a soul had fled, -
The Earth astounded holds her breath,
Struck with the tidings of his death:
She pauses the last hour to see
Of the dread Man of Destiny;
Nor knows she when another tread,

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