This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...cold form of matchless grace; And that such grief as his might never die, He raised this emblem in this sacred place--Sad, sweet memorial of Apollo's sigh. GILDED VELLUM The gold, old Master Binder, thou didst chase On the book's back and in the edge's grain, Despite the irons pushed with free-hand main, In vivid, brilliant hue no more we trace. The figures which so deftly interlace Grow daily on the fine, white skin less plain; And scarce we see the ivy thou didst train To wind in beauty o'er the cover's space. But this translucent, supple ivory, Marguerite, Marie--Diane, it e'en may be, With loving fingers have of old caressed; And this paled vellum Clovis Eve gilt seems To evoke, I know not by what charm possessed, Their perfume's spirit and shadow of their dreams. THE DOGARESSA Upon the marble porticos all these Great lords converse who live through Titian's lore, And whose rich collars, weighing marc or more, Enhance their red dalmatic draperies. With eyes where shine patrician dignities, The old lagoons they look serenely o'er, Beneath clear skies of Venice, to the shore And sparkling azure of the Adrian seas. And while in brilliant throng full many a Knight Trails gold and purple by the stairs of white, Bathed in cerulean sheen all joys constrain; Indolent, superb, a Dame, retired in shade, Turning half round in billows of brocade, Smiles at the negro boy who bears her train. ON THE OLD BRIDGE Antonio di Sandro orefice The Master Goldsmith has, since matins, where Beneath his pencils the enamel flowed, On clasp or on nielloed pax bestowed Latin devices in resplendence rare. Upon the Bridge, where bells made glad the air, Camail and frock were by the cape elbowed; And when the heaven like some church window glowed, The lovely Florentines were haloed t...
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Ambrose Bierce was an American writer, critic and war veteran. Bierce fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, eventually rising to the rank of brevet major before resigning from the Army following an 1866 expedition across the Great Plains. Bierce s harrowing experiences during the Civil War, particularly those at the Battle of Shiloh, shaped a writing career that included editorials, novels, short stories and poetry. Among his most famous works are An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, The Boarded Window, Chickamauga, and What I Saw of Shiloh. While on a tour of Civil-War battlefields in 1913, Bierce is believed to have joined Pancho Villa s army before disappearing in the chaos of the Mexican Revolution.
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