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EPITAPHS

VIII

          NOT without heavy grief of heart did He
          On whom the duty fell (for at that time
          The father sojourned in a distant land)
          Deposit in the hollow of this tomb
          A brother's Child, most tenderly beloved!
          FRANCESCO was the name the Youth had borne,
          POZZOBONNELLI his illustrious house;
          And, when beneath this stone the Corse was laid,
          The eyes of all Savona streamed with tears.
          Alas! the twentieth April of his life                       10
          Had scarcely flowered: and at this early time,
          By genuine virtue he inspired a hope
          That greatly cheered his country: to his kin
          He promised comfort; and the flattering thoughts
          His friends had in their fondness entertained,
          He suffered not to languish or decay.
          Now is there not good reason to break forth
          Into a passionate lament?--O Soul!
          Short while a Pilgrim in our nether world,
          Do thou enjoy the calm empyreal air;                        20
          And round this earthly tomb let roses rise,
          An everlasting spring! in memory
          Of that delightful fragrance which was once
          From thy mild manners quietly exhaled.


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