Excerpt from Italy A landWhich was the mightiest in its old command, And is the loveliest, and must ever beThe master-mould of Nature's heavenly hand;Wherein were cast the heroic and the free, The beautiful, the brave, the lords of earth and sea. The commonwealth of Kings, the men of Rome!And ever since, and w, fair Italy!Thou art the garden of the world, the homeOf all Art yields, and Nature can decree;Even in thy desert, what is like to thee?Thy very weeds are beautiful, thy wasteMore rich than other climes' fertility;Thy wreck a glory, and thy ruin gracedWith an immaculate charm which cant be defaced. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.