Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Italy: Vols. XIXIII. 187679.
Sir Walter Scott at Pompeii
Letitia Elizabeth Landon (18021838)
(From Black Linn of Linklater)
A fête was given at Pompeii in honor of Scott. All the guests took some character from the Waverley novels. The deserted city echoed with music; lamps flung their light over walls so long unconscious of festivity. The city of the dead suited well the festival of the dying. Sir Walter was present, but unconscious; he sat wan, exhausted, and motionless,the centre of the glittering ring formed by his own genius.