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ITALY
[ Also see Arno River Countries Europe Florence Naples Po River Rome Tiber River Venice ]

For whereso'er I turn my ravished eyes,
  Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise;
    Poetic fields encompass me around,
      And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
      - Joseph Addison, Letter from Italy

Italy, my Italy!
  Queen Mary's saying serves for me--
    (When fortune's malice
      Lost her Calais)--
        Open my heart and you will see
          Graved inside of it, "Italy."
      - Robert Browning,
        Men and Women--"De Gustibus"

Italy, a paradise for horses, hell for women, as the proverb goes.
      - Robert Burton

Fair Italy!
  Thou art the garden of the world, the home
    Of all Art yields, and Nature can decree,
      Even in thy desert, what is like to thee?
        Thy very weeds are beautiful, thy waste
          More rich than other climes fertility;
            Thy wreck a glory, and thy ruin graced
              With an immaculate charm which cannot be defac'd.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Italia! O Italia! thou who hast
  The fatal gift of beauty, which became
    A funeral dower of present woes and past,
      On thy sweet brow is sorrow plough'd by shame,
        And annals graved in characters of flame.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Italia! O Italia! thou who hast
  The fatal gift of beauty, which became
    A funeral dower of present woes and past,
      On thy sweet brow is sorrow plough'd by shame,
        And annals graved in characters of flame.
          [It., Italia, Italia, O tu cui feo la sorte,
            Dono infelice di bellezza, ond' hai
              Funesta dote d'infiniti guai
                Che in fronte scritti per gran doglia porte.]
      - Vicenzo da Filicaja, Italia,
        English rendering by Byron, "Childe Harold", canto IV, st. 42

Beyond the Alps lies Italy.
      - James William Foley, Graduation Time,
        expression found in Livy, "Ab Urbe", bk. 21, 30

Italy is only a geographical expression.
  [Fr., L'Italie est un nom geographique.]
      - Prince Clemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar Metternich,
        said to Lord Palmerston

I am desperately Italian. I believe in the function of Latinity.
      - Benito Mussolini

All Italians are plunderers.
  [It., Gli Italiani tutti ladroni.]
    Not all but a good part.
      [It., Non tutti, ma buona parte.]
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        said when in Italy, and the response by a lady who overheard him

On desperate seas long wont to roam,
  Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
    Thy naiad airs have brought me home
      To the glory that was Greece
        And the grandeur that was Rome.
      - Edgar Allan Poe, Helen

My soul to-day
  Is far away
    Sailing the Vesuvian Bay.
      - Thomas Buchanan Read, Drifting

Lump the whole thing! say that the Creator made Italy from designs by Michel Angelo!
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        The Innocents Abroad (ch. 27)


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