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VENICE
[ Also see Cities Europe Italy ]

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
  Was as a fairy city of the heart,
    Rising like water-columns from the sea,
      Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart;
        And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare's art,
          Had stamp'd her image in me.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
  A palace and a prison on each hand;
    I saw from out the wave of her structure's rise
      As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand:
        A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
          Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
            O'er the far times, when many a subject land
              Look'd to the winged Lion's marble pines,
                Where Venice sate in state, throned on her hundred isles.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 1)

In Venice, Tasso's echoes are no more,
  And silent rows the songless gondolier;
    Her palaces are crumbling to the shore,
      And music meets not always now the ear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 3)

Venice once was dear,
  The pleasant place of all festivity,
    The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 3)

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.
      - Truman Capote

White swan of cities, slumbering in thy nest
  So wonderfully built among the reeds
    Of the lagoon, that fences thee and feeds,
      As sayeth thy old historian and thy guest!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Venice

The sylphs and ondines
  And the sea-kings and queens
    Long ago, long ago, on the waves built a city,
      As lovely as seems
        To some bard in his dreams,
          The soul of his latest love-ditty.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Venice

The sylphs and ondines
  And the sea-kings and queens
    Long ago, long ago, on the waves built a city,
      As lovely as seems
        To some bard in his dreams,
          The soul of his latest love-ditty.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee,
  And was the safeguard of the West.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Sonnet on the extinction of the Venetian Republic


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