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a doubtful 65 world. It interposes 66 a gulf67 not merely imaginary 68 but real between us and our homes 69

,-a gulf subject 70 to tempest71 and fear and uncertainty, that makes distance palpable72, and return 73 precarious.74

Such, at least, was the case with 75 myself. As I saw the last blue line of my native land fade away 76 like a cloud in 77 the horizon, it seemed as if I had closed 78 volume of the world and its concerns 79, and had time for meditation 80 before I opened another. That land, too, now vanishing from 81

my view 82, which contained all that was most dear to me in life; what vicissitudes 83 might occur in it! what changes might take place 85 in me before I should visit it again! Who can tell, when he sets forth to wander 86 whither he may be driven by the uncertain currents 87 of existence; or when he may return; or whether it may ever be his lot 88 to revisit 89 the scenes his childhood ?

I said that at91 sea all is vacancy: I should correct 92 the expression. To one given 93 to day-dreamings 94, and fond of losing himself 95 in reveries 96, a sea voyage is full of subjects for meditation ; but then 97 they are the wonders of the deep, and of the air, and rather tend 98 to abstract 99 the mind from worldly themes.100 I delighted 101 to loll 102

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76 verschweben. 78 beenden. 79 Angeles genheit. 80 Betraditung, take pl. 81 entschwinden, with Dat. 82 Blick. 83 Schidsalswechsel, m. 84 Statt finden, and insert not after might. 85 vorgehen. 86 sich auf die Wanderschaft begeben. 87 Strömung. 88 Bestimmung. 89 wiedersehen. 90 Schauplaß, m., sing. 91 auf with

94 the Def. Art. 92 2 say, choose another. 93 sich ergeben.

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calm day, and muse 107 for hours together 103 on 109 the tranquil bosom of a summer's sea,—to gaze 110 upon the piles Ill of golden clouds just 112 piercing 113 above the horizon, fancy !!4 them some fairy realms 115, and people 116 them with a creation 117 of my own 118,—to watch 119 the gentle 120 undulating 121 billows 122, rolling 123 their silver volumes 124, as 125 if to die away on these happy shores.

Washington Irving's Sketchbook.

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XXVII. CHARACTER OF LORENZO DE' MEDICI. The days of Dante, of Boccacio, and of Petrarca, were indeed past'; but under the auspices of the house of Medici, and particularly through the ardourand example of Lorenzo, the empire of science and true taste was again restored.4

After the death of Boccacio, the survivor of5 that celebrated triumvirate who had carried? their native tongue 8 to a high pitch' of refinement 10, and endeavoured, not without success, to introduce the study of the ancient languages into Italy, a general degradation ll of letters 12

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ment appeared about the middle of the fifteenth century, when Cosmo de' Medici, after having established 21 his authority 22 in Florence 23, devoted 24 the latter years of a long and honourable life to the encouragement 25 and even the study of philosophy and polite 26 letters.27 He died in 1464; and the infirm 28 state of health 29 of his son Piero, who was severely 30 afflicted 31 by the gout 32, did not permit 33 him to make that progress 34 in the path which his father had pointed out 35, that his natural disposition 36 would otherwise have effected. After surviving him only about five years, the greater part of which time he was confined 37 to a sick bed 38 he died, leaving 39 two sons : to the elder of whom, Lorenzo, the praise of having restored 40 to literature its ancient honours 41 is 42 principally 43 due. In succeeding 44 times indeed 45 that praise has been almost exclusively 46 bestowed on 47 Giovanni de' Medici, afterwards 48 Leo the tenth, the second son of Lorenzo, who undoubtedly promoted 49 the views 50, but never in any degree 51 riyalled 52 the talents of his father. Certain it is that no man was ever more admired and venerated 53 by his contemporaries 54, or has been more defrauded 55 of his just fame by posterity 56, than Lorenzo de' Medici. Possessed 57 of a genius 58 more original 59 and versatile 60 than perhaps any of his countrymen 61, he has led 62 the way in some of the most estimable 64 species 65 of poetic compo"begründen. 22 Unsehen. 23 Florenz. 24 widmen. 25 Ermunterung. Wissenschaft. 28 schwach.

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XXVII. CHARACTER OF LORENZO DE' MEDICI. The days of Dante, of Boccacio, and of Petrarca, were indeed past "; but under the auspices of the house of Medici, and particularly through the ardour3 and example of Lorenzo, the empire of science and true taste was again restored.4

After the death of Boccacio, the survivor of5 that celebrated triumvirate who had carried' their native tongue8 to a high pitcho of refinement 10, and endeavoured, not without success, to introduce the study of the ancient languages into Italy, a general degradation of letters 12 again took place 13; and the Italian tongue in particular was so far deteriorated 14 and debased 15 as 16, by the acknowledgment 17 of the best critics 18, to have become scarcely intelligible.19 The first symptoms 20 of improve

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ment appeared about the middle of the fifteenth century, when Cosmo de' Medici, after having established 21 his authority 22 in Florence 23, devoted 24 the latter years of a long and honourable life to the encouragement 25 and even the study of philosophy and polite 26 letters.27 He died in 1464; and the infirm 28 state of health 29 of his son Piero, who was severely 30 afflicted 31 by the gout 32, did not permit 33 him to make that progress 34 in the path which his father had pointed out 35, that his natural disposition would otherwise have effected. After surviving him only about five years, the greater part of which time he was confined 37 to a sick bed 38 he died, leaving 39 two sons : to the elder of whom, Lorenzo, the praise of having restored 40 to literature its ancient honours 41 is 42 principally 43 due. In succeeding times indeed 45 that praise has been almost exclusively 46 bestowed on 47 Giovanni de' Medici, afterwards 48 Leo the tenth, the second son of Lorenzo, who undoubtedly promoted 49 the views 50, but never in any degree 51 rivalled 52 the talents of his father. Certain it is that no man was ever more admired and venerated 53 by his contemporaries 54, or has been more defrauded 55 of his just fame by posterity 56, than Lorenzo de' Medici. Possessed 57 of a genius 58 more original 59 and versatile 60 than perhaps any of his countrymien 61, he has led 62 the way 63 in some of the most estimable 64 species 65 of poetic compo21 begründen. 22 Ansehen. 23 Florenz. 24 widmen. 25 Ermunterung. 26 schon. 21 Wissenschaft. 28 (diwach. 29 Gesundheitszustand. 30 schwer. 31 behaftet mit.

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